[quote="couponfit, post:14, topic:278672"]
It wasn't that long ago that rc was in Latin. The eastern have and continue mass in native dialect.
I remember the Latin. But most Latin rite parishes use the vernacular today, and that is where most Eastern Catholic young people will go.
Immigrant groups establish missions and parishes in their native dialects and languages wherever they settle. This is fine (and necessary) until they have raised children to adulthood in a new land which they have no intention of leaving. Those new generations very often do not become fluent in their parents native language.
They (or the grandchildren) will then start worshiping somewhere else (usually a Latin rite parish and sometimes even a Protestant community) and the process of decline for the eastern church will set in.
The Eastern Catholics will become, or think of themselves as Roman Catholics, if not at first, certainly after the local parish closes. Since most people will agree Catholic is Catholic and *as long as you are under the Pope it is OK *it is not going to be seen as a negative or a crises by most people, and the eastern church will decline and close for lack of support.
The Latin bishops at least will be glad for the increase in membership.
The only way to save an eastern rite church under these conditions is to adapt the liturgy to the language of the host community and make it available, because the younger generations will adapt themselves to their surroundings and come to see their own grandparents' church as foreign, and perhaps even inscrutable. The result is not just the loss of a liturgy, but of a useful and helpful spirituality which is needed in modern times and would be a treasured resource in the modern world.