“Go ye, therefore, and make all nations into sustainable centers of religious pluralism, therapeutizing them in the warm brine of indifferentism.”
I think we all already knew that the vast majority of Catholics “have scarce familiarity” with the Church’s teaching on a number of topics. What we can’t all seem to admit, however, is that teaching our pastors how to “accommodate” this is a dead end. We are enthralled to “Common Core Catholicism”, which not only applies dynamic silence to its own patrimony, but is also largely waged in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Survey. Amen.
There needs to be less preaching about “contemporary issues” and more preaching about the state of the soul before communion and the reality of the Eucharist.
As Pope Innocent XI wrote in 1679, “It will be of benefit … [that pastors] preach a sermon on the great preparation for undertaking [communion of the most holy Sacrament] and show in general that those who by devout zeal are stirred to a more frequent or daily partaking of the salutary Food, whether lay merchants or married people or any others, ought to understand their own weakness, so that because of the dignity of the Sacrament and the fear of the divine judgment they may learn to revere the celestial table on which is Christ; and if at any time they should feel themselves not prepared, to abstain from it and to gird themselves for a greater preparation…. Furthermore, let bishops and priests or confessors refute those who hold that daily communion is of divine right….” (DS 43rd §2094)