A recurring theme in writings about the Church (as in this recent article from Our Sunday Visitor) is the fond memories of the Catholic Culture during the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s—before Vatican Council II—and bemoaning the current Catholic “cultural crisis”.
As I was not Catholic then, I cannot really share in that fondness as I was being taught, by the Mormonism I was raised in, that the Catholic Church was the Whore of Babylon.
Though I was only converted and baptized in the Church ten years ago, my study of my new spiritual home has convinced me that the most wonderful time for the Church is the past, present, and future, all of it for all of it is the very manifestation of the pilgrim Church sailing through stormy seas, trekking over perilous mountains, and through windswept valleys; but through it all, evolving towards the Teilhardian future described by a future saint and Doctor of the Church—a status I believe Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin will eventually be raised to.
Where every single thing, all the workings of human beings and earthly matter within the Church and without but revolving around the axis of the Church evolves into the intended finale of God’s creation, co-created by human beings.