Ever since Vatican II, the laity have complained that they are not being fed, that is, they are not being taught doctrine. I totally agree.
In my opinion, this is the primary reason for the falling away of most Catholics from the faith and for the ignorance of most Catholics today.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that the liturgy is the priviledged place for catechizing, (teaching) the people of God.
1074. “The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.” It is therefore the privileged place for catechizing the People of God.
Thus the Church agrees that the homily should be a primary place of teaching doctrine.
It seems that the bishops of this country don’t agree.
My contention is that it is the bishops of the United States themselves who are responsible for for this lack of teaching by priests.
The bishops came out with an instruction on what priests should base their homily on, after Vatican II. It is called,
"FULFILLED IN YOUR HEARING, THE HOMILY IN THE SUNDAY ASSEMBLY” Bishops' Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. I quote on page 18 "Nor does the homily primarily concern itself with a systematic theological understanding of the faith. The liturgical gathering is not primarily an educational assembly."
These few lines express the whole tone of the document. The whole document is against a systematic explanation of the Catholic faith, based on the catechism, during the homily. The whole document is more or less directing the homily merely to be a commentary on the readings, instead of Catechesis.
This document is the highest instruction by the Catholic bishops of this country on the homily.
This came out long before the Catechism and naturally a priest, or those who instruct priests on the content of the homily would use this document.
It is my contention that the reason Catholics quit going to mass after Vatican II and the reason Catholics are so ignorant is the direct result of this horrible document published by the bishops of this country which directed priests away from teaching (Catechizing) the basic doctrines of the Catholic faith during the homily.
Does anyone agree or disagree.