But the Catholic Church was different then, and that is not just nostalgic selective memory working.
Not everything was good but most of Catholic life was, shall we say, at a much higher spiritual level than it is today.
"Yikes!" I hear you cry. "Are you saying that modern Catholics are less spiritual than their forbears?"
Yes, I am.
It's rather like saying that we were all much healthier (physically) pre 1968, and the stats prove it.
Now, in the UK, clinical obesity is on the increase and we are much fatter than our counterparts of the 1960s.
Arteries are hardening, fatty tissue surrounds the heart, blood pressure is up - I am talking about our spiritual health today......most modern Catholics are in the red zone of impending loss of soul (and a few traditional ones as well).
Jay Boyd (courtesy of Ann Barnhardt) is carrying a good post on the subject, please read it if you wish to have a quick dose of reminiscence therapy or, if you would like to know what it was like being a real Catholic.