I had not attended Mass since the 80’s, when I became a Southern Baptist. Last year, I took my college-age daughter to a Mass as a project for some course she was taken. I’m sorry if it sounds disrespectful, but it was a requirement before taking the final exam. I instructed her as to what to expect and how to behave... then I was shocked at people talking in the pews before Mass begun. There were children running around and playing during the Mass. And, once again, when Mass was over you would have thought we were in a country club! It was not my place to say anything, so in the way out I just nodded to the priest who was standing at the door, perfectly aware of what was going on inside.
I had the opportunity to visit Notre Dame in Paris. I was very careful not to talk and tiptoed as quietly as I could as I viewed this magnificent structure. In contrast a group of Japanese tourists came through and it was as if they were visiting Disney World.
By the way, I am very grateful to Catholics for preserving the treasures of Western Civilization, for being the inspiration for these great works, and ( at great expense to them) continuing to maintain their libraries and religious buildings.