The Bad Old Days….
Recently His Grace the Archbishop of Dublin gave us a salutary reminder of just how awful and repressive those days before Vatican II really were, you know, the days when priestly vocations were essentially non-existent and Mass attendance was plummeting. As the good Archbishop points out, all that feigned piety wasn’t ‘really’ Catholic, those few backward peasants who actually went to the bother of attending Mass did so out of fear and compulsion, rather than any sense of genuine religious conviction. Thankfully, under Archbishop Martin’s more enlightened pastoral leadership, things today couldn’t be better and the Church in Dublin is now thriving.
To illustrate his point, here are some photos of young Irish Catholics greeting Cardinal Lorenzo Lauri, the papal legate, as he arrives in Dún Laoghaire harbour for the 1932 International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.
As is evident from their grim facial expressions, the poor little darlings, locked as they are in the iron grip of a backward and quasi-totalitarian Catholic theocracy, are in a state of unrelieved anguish, no doubt in mortal terror that they’ll incur eternal damnation if they fail to exhibit proper decorum.
Don’t they just look so oppressed?
More photos and videos here.