Let me restate: it is not exclusively or in some special way a Catholic issue, our decline is not different n any significant way from the other denomination’s declines.
It might well be a cultural issue on a larger scale as well and that might be a great topic for another thread.
Or this one because it answers the question that is the topic of the thread: Fewer Catholics attend Mass because a culture-wide trend to stop attending religious services began to manifest itself in the early sixties.
But attempts to absolve the Church of its role in the decline in today’s attendance of the Mass is nothing more than denial.
I am certain that scandal has run off many parishioners. There are also scandals in other churches that run off their congregations.
But the decline started a couple decades - wait - four decades befofre any of these scandals, indeed, before Vatican II.
Same with suggesting that attendance has fallen in other Christian fellowships. That might indeed be the case but it’s no excuse for the decline in Mass attendance.
I have no idea what “no excuse” means. It isn’t an excuse, it’s an observation of something that happened culture-wide to churches. All churches. Unless you count Wicca, I think. You won’t find the answer in the Church because the process did not begin in the Catholic church, is not exclusive to the Catholic church. The denial I see is folks trying to blame the Church for something far outside the scope of any single religious denomination. I imagine, in fact, with Catholic culture itself being so string, that the Church held onto it’s numbers longer than others. I believe people want to blame the Church because they can then believe it will be able to be “fixed.” It won’t be. We will never go back to what was. We will move forward to some new norm.
Cardinal Ratzinger talked about this in a book in the early 70s. He was spot on.