This will address the Patrist vs Matrist stance of the church…
I agree that certain modernist theologians hijacked Vatican II and, coupled with Agents Provocateur, have done much damage to the church.
Back in the 1930’s, the Communists realized that the church was too strong to be taken down from the outside. The more they attacked it, the closer people would cleave to it. They realized it had to be taken down from the inside. So, they began to infiltrate the church with Agents Provocateur in order to not only change it fundamentally, but also to discredit it. Pederasts, homosexuals, deviants and other radicals were sent into the ranks of the priesthood. This was admitted, under oath, in front of Congress in 1958, during the anti-American hearings by one of the ranking members of the Communist Party of the United States.
Fast forward to the late 80’s, and seemingly out of nowhere Catholic priests were being accused of being pedophiles, sodomites, and worse. The fact that the church didn’t defrock these deviants and throw them to the wolves – just moved them elsewhere and then bought off the victims – didn’t help matters. Whoever thought up that idea was an idiot.
Meanwhile, after Vatican II, we had the late 60’s. The next generation of faithful were leaving the church because its teachings were ‘inconvenient’ and conflicted with their hedonistic lifestyle – nevermind the fact that the 60’s radicals were budding communists and socialists – the walk-the-line regimen and moral absolutism of the church was anathema to them. The church responded by morphing from a Patrist stance (Obey, or burn in hell) to a Matrist one (do whatever you want, and as long as you’re “sorry” later, everything’s fine) in order to try and retain members. A church with no followers isn’t a church.
Which brings us to today. Most Catholic churches are fuzzy-wuzzy feel-good “churches of nice”. I’m not a Puritan, but the comparison of the church I knew when I was young, and the church now is 180 degrees different. And the church my mother knew growing up and today? I don’t even want to know what she thinks, and she was a pretty hardcore Catholic in her day…
The Almighty I believe in is the Warrior. Yeah, I know He loves me, but I also know He will crush me flat like a bug if I stray too far from the path.. my feelings on the matter are love, a healthy respect and fear.
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1