I essentially agree.
I studied Catholicism at age 12-13 with my Lutheran mom who wanted to sing in their choir.The mass then was still in Latin. A lot of it appealed to me, but I always felt a bit uncomfortable with the instructing priest and even then took pains to make sure I was never alone with him.
I also knew a monsignor who was a friend of friends of our family and was very kind, funny and friendly, and seemed to take his vows very seriously. I never had to feel uneasy around him.
There always seemed a deep sense of mystery in the Church then that in itself was very reassuring. Though I never seemed to have found that in the few times I’ve been back to church over the years.
I’d describe myself these days as an American Judeo-Christian who worships and prays from the perspective of the Old Testament, but who recognizes the humanly moshiach qualities of Jesus in that the United States could never have been founded without his influence.
I read your comments with interest.
What the modernists have wrought in the Catholic Church in the past century had to be inspired by Satan and looked upon as an answer to his prayer to satan by Stalin.
I’ve heard much gleeful gloating by nominal Catholics over these past fifty odd years about how much ‘fun’ is derived by them in attendance at the Sunday ‘service’. They fail to see the loss of majesty and glorious music and inspiration that has been wrung out of the Church’s liturgy and tenets.
Everyone goes to communion because the Sacrament of Pennance is apparently not necessary.
I too as a young boy knew several priests well and can say without equivocation that they were fine men with minds as clean as their souls. But then I am getting on in years and happenings at the time I was a boy was much different than today. Satan is happy with what has transpired these many years. Jesus is not.
I fear for my Church because it, like this nation, is so mired in decadence that good is considered evil and evil good.