Is Vatican II the blame for about 80% of Catholics no longer attending Mass and most of them no longer even claiming cultural Catholicism for themselves?
If Christmas and Easter are any indication, in Richmond Hill, a small but very fast growing suburb of Savannah, about 70% of those attending these “high holy days” don’t attend other than Christmas or Easter. At least, though, they still have some cultural or emotional connection with the Church.
But there are more who don’t even attend these “high holy days”. Either they have joined the mega non-denominational church in Metro Savannah, “Compassion Christian Church.” (BTW, I think our next parish in Richmond Hill should be called “Most Compassion Catholic Church”) or, as many suspect, the majority of non identifying former Catholics attend no church, they are indeed “nones.”
Why are so many no longer attending?
Vatican II’s deemphasis on obligation and recommendation that one want to go not be forced to go?
Vatican II’s deconstruction of the church’s cultural heritage or trappings for churches, religious and lay Catholics?
Vatican II’s erasure of cultural practices such as fast and abstinence?
Vatican II’s noble simplicity and anything goes for the liturgy and blurring of Catholicism with Protestantism?
I often wonder if we had parishes that mimicked non-denominational churches with lively liturgies, worship and praise rock music and strong fellowship and service oriented small groups, that these parishes would prosper compared to even those EF parishes.
What say you?