Catholicism In the “Old Days”

Q: What was it like to be Catholic before the 1960’s?

A: In the early 60’s seventy five percent of Catholics attended Mass every Sunday, and just about the same percentage went to confession regularly.

The Mass was celebrated under the old rite, and in Latin.

In Christ, the Catholic Church was the solid “bedrock” on which the entire world relied, for moral leadership and spiritual guidance … though few would actually admit to that, in public.

Holy Communion was received on the tongue, from a priest, while the communicant knelt at the communion rail. Every Catholic … even many of those who were still too young to partake … knew that what they were receiving was the Real Presence … the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ … under the auspices of bread and wine.

Christmas and Easter were sacred feast days, and each was preceded by four to six weeks of very serious spiritual preparation.

Entire neighborhoods were known by the name of the Catholic parishes, around which they were built.

Most kids went to Catholic school. Tuition was cheap. Teachers were usually sisters -nuns, who didn’t take any “crap” from anyone, and who were very serious about handing down the authentic faith … along with a good working knowledge of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Bishops had more power than most U. S. Senators. Priests were abundant, well trained, dedicated, and (mostly) holy. The Catholic seminary system was churning out thousands of good new priests, every year.

Catholic doctrine was clear and complete, and most people learned it by rote, from the Baltimore Catechism, which was written in a complete and concise, Q&A format, based on several preceding generations of similar, successful catechisms.

Most Catholic families had a big Douay-Rheims Bible at home, heavily illustrated, with beautiful, inspiring, full-color pages of the finest Christian artwork that the world had ever seen.

After supper, dads and moms would read the Bible and explain the pictures to the kids. They would often pray the Rosary together, too.

Artificial contraception was prohibited by the Church (it still is). Most married couples understood that, and their sexual union remained open to the possibility of new life. Families were certainly larger, then.

Baptisms, First Communions, Weddings, and Funerals were all held in the church, and all were holy liturgies of great significance and beauty. All were celebrations of life. Even the funerals.

Churches … even those in poor neighborhoods … were beautifully decorated, and reminded all who entered of what Heaven must surely be like.

But by the early 70’s the post-Vatican II confusion had set in, and was already taking it’s toll. Wide-spread liberal apostasy was underway at virtually every level of the Church. “Change” had arrived!

As for the Church today, simply invert just about every one of the things mentioned above, and there you have it!

Remarkably, the authentic truths of the Catholic faith have never been compromised, even though many Catholics … including some bishops and priests … no longer have a good and faithful understanding of them.

Most dangerous today are intentional errors of omission … where certain authentic Catholic doctrines are ignored, redefined or watered down in various ways, by various factions, so as to actually mean little or nothing.

Fortunately … in spite of all the nonsense … it’s still possible for anyone and everyone to learn the whole truth about precisely what the Catholic Church authoritatively teaches and practices, for the purpose of our salvation. It just takes a bit more work. And that qualifies as the best news of the day!

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  1. the most Holy adoration to God in the Latin mass or traditional mass

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