The Breaking Of The Dams. Part II: The Education Revolution And The Religion Of Youth



I have already explained in Part I what I think was the main factor in the rapid advancement of the “Spirit of V II” within a Church so strong and self-assured only a few years before. I would now like to spend two words about what was, if you ask me, the second most important factor: the rapid changes in education and the connected giovanilismo, the exaltation of everything “young” typical of those years.

The unprecedented economic progress since the end of WWII had brought another huge social upheaval: the education revolution. In less than twenty years, the entire West had undergone a massive change: the son of the peasant was on its way to become an accountant, and the son of the accountant was listening to new (and often crappy) ideas at University. Never had such a transformation occurred so rapidly. Never had so many young people been so obviously better educated than their parents and grandparents.

This caused a rapid deterioration of a traditional hinge of the social fabric: the respect for the elder.

Once seen as the depositaries of wisdom, old people were suddenly seen as uneducated, ignorant, prejudiced, superstitious obstacles to progress. In parallel, the young men and women (better educated, optimistic, full of reformist zeal, and often able to speak without accent or dialect) were seen as the new frontier, and the pathfinders to the discovery of a new and better world. A new world which saw all the prejudices and limits of the old one (and they were there; they were clearly there) and thought that the old system of religious rules, piety, and rigid propriety was pretty much on the same level with the countless superstitions they saw in their old people. The young people might have loved, but they did not esteem their parents, and they did not think their parent had much to teach to them. They were grateful to the peasants who had, with their sacrifices, allowed them to become accountants or teachers or lawyers or civil servants. But they saw in their parents just that: peasants.

For their teaching and guidance in life, they started to look elsewhere. In all the wrong places.  

It is apparent to me – and I have seen it very often in real life – that the old generation had, very often, an instinctive sense of what was right, and that they were right; but they were unable to defend themselves, to appropriately articulate their belief against the tide of opposition of their own children and grandchildren; children who spoke so well, better than they ever could, and were filling their parents and grandparents with pride and joy even as the latter were worried at what their children and nephews were actually saying.

These were the children for which the old generation had made so many sacrifices. Look at them now, speaking like lawyers and pharmacists! The son of the small tenant, or of the daily labourer; the daughter of the milliner, or of the domestic servant! They know so much more than their parents and grandparents!  Yes, they are wrong. But how to explain it to them? They speak so well…

And the entire world, the entire planet told the older people that the future belonged to the young, who would make a better planet for everyone. Largo ai giovani, “make place for the young” –  possibly the stupidest slogan of all times after “Liberte’, Egalite’, Fraternite’ ” –  was not much questioned in those times. The “Springtime of the Church” is just the same madness in a different way. Guitars in the church are just another byproduct of the same stupidity that gave us the May 1968 in France.   

And so, my dear readers, we have it, the explosive cocktail that gave us first Paul VI, then Assisi, then the rock mass concerts and mass media popes, then eventually the Evil Clown himself in all his wheelchair-embracing, Castro-cuddling, planet-“saving”, heresy-promoting, perversion-protecting, sacraments-desecrating debauchery. It was an explosive cocktail of growing welfare and growing, but secular, education; sadly not contrasted by a clergy too often tired of being party poopers when the party, which had been going on for a while, seemed to want to go on forever.

Too many were weak. Countless others were simply ill-equipped. 

Satan was, as always, looking for those whom he may devour. 









Posted on September 28, 2016, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. question: from the moment this happened, are we not caught with an almost irremediable situation ? Because, the elders of today are the youth of yesterday, who rejected their elder’s wisdom. We are now dealing with millions of old fools. How the young people are supposed to deal with that? Honoring and respecting our elders… does it now mean that we ought to be fools too, and follow in there ways of perdition ?

    (that’s a real question… thanks)

    • No.
      if your parents are idiots, you honour them as parents, but you don@t follow them in their path to perdition. You believe in God the Father Almighty, not in your Parents, the Honoured and Respected…


  2. Granted, huge societal upheavals occurred in the 60s. I do believe that the devastation would not have been quite so bad if the Mass of Ages and Thomistic-based catechesis from the pulpit had been preserved.

    After becoming drunk on the world, many of these highly educated young Catholics were settling down starting families. I wonder how many would have returned to the Faith had the Church not lost her transcendence. The New Mass is, as was it Benedict who said, “a banal, on the spot product”.

    I think the situation in the USA is a little different than in Europe. Many Catholics who came of age in the 70s remain infected with Modernism and still go to Mass. ( unlike in Europe). They loved their birth control, love environmentalism, consider themselves social justice warriors and have no problem with sodomy. They await a female priesthood.

    • You don’t see much of that here, at least in many dioceses. However, what you see is a tired Catholicism full of “I apologise if I disagree with you on the issue”. The religion of niceness is fearful.
      Then there must be the many who disagree even with the V II Church but keep their mouth shut because to speak is not the right thing to do. You recognise them from their utter faithless children, whose faithlessness does not bother them a bit.

  3. Yes, my parents and grandparents generations “knew” what was right and wrong but they could not articulate “why” it was. So it just became a will to power “don’t do that” until age 18 when the world said instead “you can do anything you want”.

    What I don’t understand is that both of their generations were educated too…they went to Catholic schools and had the old and true religion beaten into them:+) They had the catechisms, the question and answers and explanations. They had an entire Catholic culture within the Church and a secular world that mostly went along with it. Did they just forget? I’m thinking because the priests and bishops never bothered to continue catechesis from the pulpit or other avenues that their brains forgot and it was easier just to send their kids to Catholic school and hope they learned it well enough there. Sadly, the Catholic schools of my youth here in the US were HORRIBLE. No catechism whatsoever. No intellectual formation. I just recall “Jesus loves you” and the whole spineless, hippy emo junk. So the Church failed miserably in teaching the adults and the kids while that enormous worldly pressure continued along with the internal pressure of our fallen flesh.

    Thankfully the “why” we do what we do as Catholics is still out there. It’s what I’ve been trying to ingrain in myself for several years now. So that the young and old can be given an answer by me when the insanity of intrinsic evil is presented. I’m not going to wait around for some spineless V2 priest to instruct or admonish them…ices cubes in hell before that happens:+)

    God bless you Mundy:+)

  4. What was a revelation to me, a product of the hippy-dippy late 60s and 70s was that some Catholics were bucking the trends. That The Remnant Newspaper was calling out the ravening wolves early is simply astounding! I can’t help but feel if my parents knew of such a movement they would not have been as quick to drink the Vatican II kool-aid which they did.

    God, in His Mercy, allowed the Internet to be developed just in time. Now, with the click of a mouse we can find the radiant Eternal Truths as promulgated by you, M., and other warriors. It’s sad so many Catholics still fritter away days consuming crumbs such as CNS, Crux, etc. or rely on their diocesan “rag”.

  5. The peripatetic, long-lived, unwitting promoter of religious indifferentism and Woodstock Catholicism JPII, was, in retrospect, a long, dark night papacy for the Faith. A crack of light shone forth 2005-2013, and then the door slammed shut again.

  6. The young generation obviously gets more educated, but also more
    rebellious, more lustful and more deluded. They’re selfishly more willing to take all vanity for themselves. They lost their innocence and docility which allow the person to be teachable, they’re following the trends rather than the truth. Getting worse day by day and the Catholic Church has been infested with modernism and failed to rescue them. Only solution that Jesus Christ comes, cleanses and creates a new earth with the remnant.

  7. Among the many by-products of the education revolution is the fact that most modern day Catholics are unwilling to have their elderly parents live with them. There is a small percentage that are so ill/disabled that they need institutional care but the vast majority end up in “assisted living” facilities because frankly they don’t fit in to their children’s lifestyles.

    Here in the U.S. most elderly wouldn’t even think of asking their children to take them in, mainly because they don’t want to suffer the humiliation of being told that it isn’t possible but hearing instead that “we’ll find you a nice place” where they’ll be lucky if they get a visit from their kids at holiday time. There’s a commercial running on our t.v.’s and the caption is “A Place for Mom”. It consists of a former celebrity – Joan Lunden – making money off of talking about what a wonderful place she found for her mother. They even have one where she’s hugging her mom – their two heads touching so sweetly – as she talks about how marvelous it all is. Our senses are so dulled that we don’t blink an eye anymore at children dumping their parents so that they can live the good life unimpeded by elderly people who put demands on their time. When I see such situations Exodus 20:12 comes to mind – “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” I wonder how long will be the days in the Land of the Lord for those who discard their parents so cavalierly. I can’t help suspecting that if we don’t have time for our parents we’ll discover that God doesn’t have time for us.

    Here’s the video:

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