I’m a youngish Catholic revert who had a radical conversion of heart and returned in full force. I fell away in high school after I was scandalized by heretical catechisis, did a lot of things I’m not proud of, and purely by the Grace of God through the work of a very patient and humble priest who lives in the Confessional at my parish, I ended up back in the Church.
I attended some diocesan meeting/discussion about my generation of fallen away Catholics and how to get them back the other night. It was a joke. I found it rich that a group of people “of a certain age” were telling me why I, and many others like me, left the Church. When I told them what caused me to leave, and what caused me to return, several of the panel of priests actually scolded me for allowing myself to be scandalized and leaving. :eek:
Some of the various reasons the people there came up with for why we all left include:
*]Mass is too boring
*]Young people aren’t actively involved during Mass (IE: Being EMHC’s, Lectors, etc)
*]They can’t relate to the music
Generally all pretty superficial, as were their reasons for how to get us to return. It’s as if no one believes in sanctifying and actual grace anymore, or that Faith is an infused theological virtue, that is corrupted and lost by one single sin contrary to it. The only way to get it back is via Confession and absolution. They think they need to use banal and superficial means to get young Catholics back in the church, so rather than let God do what he does best, they get in the way of him.
I wasn’t the only revert there, and those who spoke up, got the same condescending treatment. They want to bring young Catholics back, but they don’t want to listen to those of us who left and came back, I have yet to hear from a fallen away Catholic that the reason they left was because they weren’t distributing communion or reading at Mass. Quite the contrary, as many who seem to return, attend the EF Mass, where these are not options, nor is there happy clappy music.