How do you know that the gates of Hell prevail over the majority of the people? Are you personally in contact with the 'majority of the people?'
There’s “knowing” and then there’s “knowing”, ya know? I have two words for you: diabolical disorientation.
In my own experience it is so rare to meet Catholics who actually know and believe what the Church teaches that it actually hasn’t ever happened except once or twice. Ya, I realize that’s not the “majority”, but neither is a CNN poll that takes small samples. If I were polling self-proclaimed Catholics and asking them to state and affirm Catholic teaching I would not be surprised if the number was below 1% because that is my personal experience with Catholics thus far. Maybe it’s better in your locale. What, maybe 5%? 10%? Remember, a majority is more than 50%
Regarding who knows what the Church teaches anymore, we have the catechism. No one should ever look to the Mass, or sermons, to provide all of the teachings of the Church. It is incumbent upon Catholics to read the catechism. Truth is there, even if you don't want to believe it.
My point was that for most of history it’s been a minority that actually read or have any sort of formal catechesis. One’s station and ability to learn also impacted this. That’s where the Mass comes in; it’s the common denominator.
The Church has not abandoned the SSPX.
The Church has abandoned the SSPX. The proof is that they could fix this problem tonight but have chosen to hang the SSPX out the window for decades.
Summorum Pontificum was provided, the excomms against the SSPX bishops were lifted, and Rome has taken the time to engage in doctrinal discussions with the SSPX. How can you say in all honesty that Rome has abandoned them?
The SSPX has simply asked for justice. Miracle of miracles, it has happened on occasion. These things wouldn’t have been done without the persistence of the SSPX. And finally, now that the “doctrinal” talks are over, we are still at square one: Rome refused to talk doctrine.
Our Pope is the Pope of Christian unity. He wants the SSPX back into the fold, just as he wants Anglicans, Lutherans and Orthodox back. One of the main jobs or functions of a Pope is to work hard at unity. A lot of traditionalists seem to be unaware of this aspect of the papacy.
I believe he wants what some might consider unity (i.e. something that looks unified but isn’t, like a conglomerate rock). But if he wanted true unity the first thing he would do is to clarify or scrap everything from VII.