I'm sorry to snaffle the old aviation joke but it rings true for the state of the Catholic laity today.
A phenomonen occurred in the wake of Vatican II; seemingly orthodox and conservative Catholics became, within ten years, rabid left wing liberals.
They embraced the new religion much as, in Reformation times, the population embraced Protestantism.
The mantra went up a la Animal Farm, 'New good, old bad' and that has now become so embedded in the liberal psyche that many modern Catholics will challenge the Holy Father and Church Doctrine on all matters that, fifty years ago, would have been obediently accepted.
|Old Catholics at Mass|
Two comments that I have heard in the past couple of years from liberal Catholics;
"I don't like the Pope" and, "The Pope's an idiot"
Both are unacceptable and the latter is most certainly untrue. But what is it that provokes such antipathy?
We could now debate the decline in moral values and increase of relativism but that is not really my point. The fact is that those who stand up for the Faith today are not the children of the sixties but the new generation; children of the 80s and 90s.
|Modern Catholics at Mass|
(Latin Mass Society picture)
Look at the increase in home schooling and then look at the average home schooling family; young, traditional and loyal to the magisterium.
Look at the 70 and 80 year old liberals and you see bitterness, regret, paranoia and the sins of Adam and Eve reflected in their faces; pride, envy and jealousy of God. All are gateways to disobedience.
And, most poignant of all, it is those who follow the liberal theology who are now classed as old fashioned and outdated.
Dancing on the sanctuary, standing to receive in the hand, obliteration of the Sacrament of Confession, chattering in Church, extraordinary ministers - all look as topical as flared trousers and men's ponytails.
Reverence, humility, obedience and the old rite of Mass are all cutting edge.