At NRO there is something from John Hirschauer (William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism at National Review Institute) about the huge percentage of Catholics who don’t believe what the Church teaches about the Eucharist. We shouldn’t be in the least surprised. This is precisely what had to result after the last 50 or so years of erosion of Catholic identity in every sphere.
Of Course Most Catholics Don’t Believe in the Real Presence [Exactly… “Of course”!]
Mahatma Gandhi is often reported to have said something like: If Catholics really believed that God Himself were present in the Eucharist, they would crawl toward the altar on their stomachs. Long pants and a collared shirt would be a start.
The Catholic Mass, delicately constructed over the centuries and gradually ornamented with what the late Michael Davies called liturgical “accretions,” [Nothing, however, Superfluous – US HERE UK HERE] was rebuilt wholesale in the 1960s at Vatican Council II to better include (as if they had ever been excluded) The People. [aka El Pueblo]
The scene at the consecration in Novus Ordo Parish, USA in Year of Our Lord 2019 astounds in its portability. It proceeds like a ritual of perfect disregard: Father Bob, in the name of anti-clericalism, conscripts a lay army of “extraordinary ministers” to distribute the Host in their Sunday Mediocrities (Barb’s jeans and white blouse will no doubt suffice for Sunday brunch at the country club after Mass). Jan, Susan, Barb, and Gregg ascend the altar without genuflection or bow — this is The People’s house! — as Father Bob hands them what would, in a faraway time, be considered the Body and Blood of Christ. But this is The People’s feast, and the greatest threat to their unity as such is the One who brings not peace, but a sword.
No swords in The People’s house.
Like clockwork, The People (save one or two holdouts burdened by their “rigid” doctrinal formation) line up for Communion. Five of them — six, if you count the priest — have been to confession in the last calendar year, and one — priest inclusive — can recite the Act of Contrition without visual aid. Some third-rate hymn written in 1994 is played on the acoustic guitar in the background as one by one, the Blessed Sacrament is transferred from one unconsecrated hand to another. The Prince of Peace has been tried and found divisive; they’ll take peace instead. All the while, the Church continues Her interminable “dialogue” with modernity and her princes: pluralism, The Market, conscience, Patriarch Bartholomew, feminism, Pride &c.
Seventy percent of Catholics, per Pew Research’s latest figures, don’t believe in the Real Presence. Why are you surprised?
This is what has resulted from a systematic infiltration of the Church and methodical erosion of all the foundations of the Faith, especially her sacred liturgical worship. Remember that worship is doctrine and that we are our rites.
This is what the libs want more of. Truly. They are dead set on dismantling the Church even more. They are calling in the wrecking ball, as a matter of fact. If they get their way, the Church will have been transformed outwardly into a global NGO. There will remain a faithful remnant, of course. Also, in the next few years we will probably see a massive drop in numbers of people who say they are Catholic. Material goods will fall off and many places of worship will close. The availability of priests will plummet before it goes slowly back up. The previous generations sowed the wind and we must reap the storm.
What can you do. Make sure you know your Catholic Faith. Review and be ready to share it, to give reasons for the hope that is in you. Gain indulgences when you can. GO TO CONFESSION! Be inviting to people. Show joy in your Faith! That’s attractive. Participate in the life of the parish. Strive always to deepen your relationship with God, searching within for faults and listening carefully in prayer.