One of the things that the goulish faculty of my hellish US seminary hissed at me in my re-education sessions during my second awful year when I was under super double-top secret probation, was “You just want the 1950’s back!”
Not only was I born in 1959 and didn’t know the 50’s, I strongly want Jesus Christ to come back in the parousia. The only way that is going to happen is for the Church to be crucified, made smaller. I understood that even in seminary.
However, while we are waiting, why shouldn’t we do the best we can? Why shouldn’t we strive for full schools, full seminaries, full convents, full Sunday Masses, full confessionals?
A reader sent a couple of videos of 1st Communion Masses from 1949 and 1951 at a church in Kansas.
Do I want this back. Sure! I’m a realist about the end times and the nature of the Church, which must, like her Lord, be oppressed and beaten down. But… sure!
There are lots of interesting details in these videos. How about you readers dig some of them out and comment.