If one thing should become clear to our inept hierarchy in the dramatic times we are living, it is that “cultural Catholicism” has a limited shelf life of one generation, one and a half at most.
Grandma, born in 1920, was deeply rooted in Catholicism. Catholicism shaped her entire life. Daughter, born in 1950, was much different, but you might not seen very much of it in daily life. There were big differences on several issues, but even Grandma would have called Daughter a Christian, albeit a bad one.
Granddaughter was born in 1980. The values her mother shared never meant much to her. Her mother had a vague feeling that they were good, but she could never really articulate why. She was, herself, not entirely in agreement with her mother on a number of issues; therefore, the granddaughter thought it perfectly legitimate that she also does the same.
Daughter's “cultural Catholicism” consisted in receiving what is comfortable and understood and rejecting what is seriously inconvenient; but granddaughter does not understand why she should accept positions her mother cannot defend herself, and to her everything that causes the slightest riff with her girlfriends is highly inconvenient. The mini m common denomitor is her religion, a vague “goodness” that murders children, but feels very holy.
Grandmothher managed to get to Purgatory. Daughter's fate is far more uncertain. Granddaughter's cards are frankly – unless there is radical change – horrible.
Cultural Catholicism survives for some decades as a fallout of saner times. For one generation or so you will have an army of people who still share much of the building of Catholic values, but do not understand why the building stands in the first place. The following generation will find it more practical, or even moral, to tear the whole building down. It can be as fast as that.
Old people die, young people reach voting age. Your bishop may think the fundamental fabric of Catholicism will remain, but he is a fool. As the old people die, the “why” of things get lost, because the priest prefers to speak like a politician or a social worker, rather than a priest. One generation will do a lot of what was traditionally done without really knowing why; the following one will refuse the doing altogether.
An astonishingly inept (or worse!) clergy thought, all over Southern Europe, that cultural traditions would do for them the work they never had the guts to do. But cultural traditions die in the end, if no one can articulate why they are cherished. The funerals of the old people bury them too, slowly but irresistibly. Unless things change radically, it is only a matter of time before Italy goes to way of Ireland.
In this utter squalor, and in this climate of bankruptcy in many European Countries, we are waiting for the next encyclical of the Evil Clown.
Dedicated to… the environment.
Posted on May 26, 2015, in Bad Shepherds, Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged Abortion, Bad shepherds, Divorce, homosexuality. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
The Novis Ordo will be the death of Cultural Catholicism, since it is incapable of moving people emotionally the way the TLM could. One might cling to a purely cultural religion if the rite were beautiful. The Novis Ordo is analogous to a poorly made piece of plastic furniture. It will not be handed down through the generations, but rather thrown out when it breaks, begins to look shabby, or goes out of style.
My “bishop” is Cardinal Dolan, and he is indeed a fool.
I suspected as much on day one, when he was on the front page of all the New York City papers, standing on the steps of St. Patrick’s smiling like an idiot from ear to ear.
It’s Novus 😉 , but you are right.
I would add that the TLM is not only emotionally more fulfilling, but rationally more satisfying and theologically better.
The affections follow right reason which is affirmed in the truths of the Faith by the Traditional Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Lex orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex vivivendi. – and the law of the affections.
Spot on Mundy. My parent’s generation seemed unable to expound on the reasons why right was right and wrong was wrong…they just said “don’t do that, it’s wrong.” Weird b/c they seemed to be catechized but must have dropped their brains somewhere along the way. Having inept clergy who fed them fumes, emo and protestantized Catholicism only made things worse. I believe they lost the faith b/c they weren’t fed it. They were starved. “Feed my sheep” said Our Lord. The V2 Church has not only starved them but abused and fed them to the wolves to boot. May Our Lord have mercy on their souls. God bless~
there is a grey zone between “being informed of Catholicism” and “being taught Catholicism” where millions of people used to reside. The thin varnish of truth will be soon ruined by the rain of daily life. Catholicism must be defended, not hinted at.
Whatever generation one is from, they have to decide if they are going to follow God or follow the world. But having poor shepherds, especially número uno shepherd, doesn’t help the undecided ones. Lord have mercy on us.
The damned take a voluntary decision that they have to answer. But their accomplices are important elements in this decision.
I am so grateful my parents, in their frustration with the novus ordo, found and introduced me to the SSPX. It has made a world of difference to me, my family, and many other Catholics in my part of the world, and I thank God for the stability of it.