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3 Responses to Why the world doesn’t take Catholicism seriously

  1. John Whittaker says:

    Growing up in the 1940’s in New Zealand (I’m 78) our family went to Mass every day. We kids were never made to, nor were we told to go to Mass, we went because we wanted to and that continued until we left home.

    The Catholic Church stood out from Protestant Churches because of the prominent position of the Tabernacle, the beautiful liturgy and the reverence of people in the church.
    And back then 85% of Catholics attended Mass, now it’s barely 30%.

    Sure the Church needed modernising but in my opinion Vatican ll destroyed the Mass.
    It destroyed the Mystery, The Solenmity and most of all the Reverence.
    I’ve been to Anglican services and it has made me realise that we have all become Anglicans. Similar Vestments, similar Words, similar Chalices Ciboria and the rest.

    A few years ago we had a programme called ‘Worshipping under Southern Skies. Rediscovering the beauty of the Mass’. I did rediscover the beauty of the Mass when I went to a Latin Mass! Unfortunately we live in a country town and don’t have access to a Traditional Mass.

    I’m afraid the present form of the Mass just doesn’t do anything for me now.

    John Whittaker

  2. Jack says:

    Tinges of Pat McCarthy's opinion piece a couple of weeks back, Church in NZ missing out on communications opportunities.

    Fair comment however that in recent times the Church seems to have done a lot to not even itself seriously!

    That said, I liked Pat's piece and in particular his idea about development of a communications ministry that keeps a Catholic agenda in the traditional and the new social media.

  3. Peter says:

    This I believe was the target of Emeritus Pope Benedict IV in 'quantifying the pure principle into being', and Pope Francis' Church coming out of itself. I referred to the latter as 'Exodus', the bringing out of the underlying principles to practical living, and the new covenant is not on the mountain but written in the heart.

    Both are true to the word made fresh in worship and in practice, and modernisation is right on target for the young and the future.

    I think the Church needs to get more involved in the influence of social and economic policies that's dominating material behaviour, but at the same time not to be seen as playing a political role.