My comments first. I was schooled in liberal Catholicism and about eight years into it, I became somewhat disaffected by it and the loss of Catholic identity that liberal Catholicism foments. Bishop Lessard who lived at the Cathedral when I arrived there in 1985 mentored me into a more mature Catholicism, a solid Catholicism of the post-Vatican II era. Bishop Lessard would be considered a progressive in his embrace of Vatican II, he was solid on what Vatican II taught but unfortunately bought into the meme of bishops of the 1970’s that the church could heal all kinds of aberrations and reintegrate aberrant people back into the full life of the Church. Psychology and spiritual direction would accomplish this miracle. It was a Utopian pipe dream that has caused untold tragedy and grief in the Church from victims of sexual abuse of priest supposedly healed of it through therapy, prayer and reintegration. Bishop Lessard was not alone in this ideology unfortunately but he was a part of it and for only one priest that I am aware of who has cause grief galore for so many but who now is mercifully dead and reaping his just reward.
But with that said, Ross Doubthat thinks liberalism is on the ascendancy in the Church at large, with President Biden who epitomizes the “spirit of Vatican II” Church of liberalism and Pope Francis who does also but with more nuance than Biden, thank God.
There are bishops, priests and laity, my age, young and older, who still want to recover the heady days of the 1970’s before Pope St. John Paul II. I am 67 years old. They seem to be having their day under Pope Francis.
We know in the political realm of the USA liberalism is on the ascendancy among many young Americans who would be in the Bernie Sanders and Ocasia camps.
But I am not sure of young Catholics who are informed in their faith. I live in a bit of a bubble in Richmond Hill but it seems to me that 20, 30 and 40 somethings in my parish long for tradition and stability and are not necessarily enamored with Pope Francis. But Richmond Hill is a bubble and a very conservative community.
Where do you think young Catholics are today, especially those of college and graduate school age?