Every post Vatican II well formed Catholic continues to scratch his head over the fact that President-Elect Joe Biden claims to be a good practicing Catholic and sees no moral disconnect between what the Catholic Church teaches, believes and proclaims, to be revealed by God and his personal promotion of an abortion, euthanasia and gender bending ideology which include the murder of babies born after a botch partial birth abortion, itself a heinous crime crying to God for vengeance.
Is it because he was formed in the pre-Vatican II minimalist tradition that if you show up for Mass (fulfill the obligation) and have some piety, that you are a good Catholic? Of course, in the pre-Vatican II Church Catholics were obliged to attend Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation Masses and encouraged to attend during the week as often as possible if so inclined. But, and this is a big but, a Catholic was not allowed to receive Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin or if they broke the vigorous fast before Mass.
After Vatican II the rigorous fast was tossed out and today the hour before Holy Communion (not Mass) is so minimalist as to be useless. And for being in a state of mortal sin and not receiving, most post-Vatican II Catholics think that no longer applies, it’s just something you do when, even if only once or twice a year, you do when you attend Mass. No big deal.
Yet, in my more than 40 years of being a priest, I have seen so many truly post-Vatican II Catholics formed in its true orthodoxy and it’s post-Vatican II Mass on fire for the Lord and His truth and they are examples of putting their faith into practice embracing not only all of the Church’s pro-life teachings, including Pope John Paul II’s lead in condemning even the death penalty, but they are concerned about the poor and social justice when that social justice in no way leads people into mortal sin or diminishes their human worth and dignity by treating them as wards of the state.
They receive Holy Communion in a state of grace, go to Confession regularly, have their favorite popular devotions, attend adoration and Benediction and pray the Rosary, Stations of the Cross or belong to prayer groups, even charismatic ones.
They love the vernacular Mass, attend the Latin Mass and are graced by both.
Some stand for Holy Communion, receive in the hand are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass and for the home bound. Others kneel to receive, even on the hard floor and more introverted in their public expression of faith and actual participation.
They are well informed in the Catholic Faith, like the Baltimore Catechism but make post-Vatican II adjustments for some of its commentary.
There are many very well formed Post Vatican II Catholics in the Church today and they are the hope for the Church of tomorrow, post the Biden, Bergolio and Ratzinger era.