CINOs and the Demise of the Neo-Catholic in AmericaWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
"Between 2007 and 2014, when Pew conducted two major surveys of U.S. religious life, Americans who described themselves as atheist, agnostic or of no particular faith grew from 16 percent to nearly 23 percent. At the same time, Christians dropped from about 78 percent to just under 71 percent of the population...
"Pew researchers said Christian losses were driven by decreases among mainline, or liberal, Protestants and Roman Catholics.
"Mainline Protestants declined by about 5 million to 36 million between 2007 and 2014. Pew found 13 percent of U.S. adults are former Catholics. The study put the number of Catholic adults at 51 million, or just over one-fifth of the U.S. population, a drop of about 3 percent over seven years. In 2007, Catholics made up about one-quarter of Americans." The complete MSN.com article can be read here.
REMNANT COMMENT: The most distressing aspect of all this is the staggering number of Americans still registered as Catholics in this country—51 million adults—nearly one-quarter of the population and yet Obama won the White House twice, with Catholic voters tipping the scales in his favor; "legal" abortion is still claiming millions of lives per year in this country; "gay marriage" is legal in most States and may soon become a Constitutional right; Contraception is as American as apple pie; and on and it goes.
Numerically Catholics could save this country. One little problem though—most of us ceased being Catholic some time ago. We are CINOs—Catholics in Name Only. And the CINOs are doing to the Catholic Church in America what RINOs did to the Republican Party—transforming the once-mighty Institution into a losing proposition that cannot even defend itself against draconian measures where the destruction of marriage and the family is concerned, even despite boasting one of the largest voting blocks in the nation.
Operating under the principle that if you can’t lick ‘em you might as well join ‘em, our poor compromised shepherds prattle on about the environment, human dignity, and how new and improved Catholics certainly do not believe that their Church is the sole means of salvation. "No, sir! We Catholics are just as American as everyone else now, and just as secularized." Meanwhile the powerful super state our bishops are trying so pathetically to appease is preparing to crush the flock and raze the Catholic Church to the ground.
Well played, Excellencies!
When considering the stats, which now reveal a massive de facto apostasy in the Catholic Church in America, it's easy to understand why qualifiers of the abundantly obvious are now so necessary when we speak of “Catholics”. Which kind of Catholics? There are traditional Catholics, neo-Catholics and liberal Catholics. The qualifiers have become absolutely essential, thanks to the New Ecumenism, the New Springtime of Vatican II and the New Mass.
It would be a gross violation of the truth, as well as an insult to Holy Mother Church, to claim, for example, that millions of pro-choice, pro-Obama "Catholics" are, in fact, Catholic. Nothing could be further from the truth. These “Catholics” are radical apostates, and, God help us all, their ranks are growing at a faster rate every year, as the so-called Neo-Catholics either join them or realize that the jig is up and it’s time to throw in with the so-called Traditional Catholics (a.k.a. practicing Catholics who believe what Catholics always believed and who attend the same Latin Mass that saints, popes and their fathers in the Faith attended for millennia).
So,question: With which Catholics do you identify? If the answer is "Neo-Catholic", don't you think it's time to get off the fence?
Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000. Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.