There’s so much more to it than this!
I am 27 years old, and a cradle catholic who was catechized in the 80s and 90s. I LEARNED NOTHING about my faith!
literally-- we refer to CCD as “cut color and draw” for a reason. it was COMPLETELY devoid of any tangible, meaty substance! I’ve blogged about this very topic recently (see link in my signature line).
Those “revolutionaries” who made all their “progress” can feel good about themselves, because they have a frame of reference for a pre- Vatican II church. They were FED their meat and potatoes ‘back in the day’ when we bothered to teach Catholic children anything substantial about their faith. People of that generation grew up having to memorize catechism, and/or Bible passages. they can name the holy days. They can tell you waht is meant by “Real Presence” in the Eucharist.
People my age? We got nothin’. You guys got the meat and potatoes, but by the time I rolled into CCD, all the church was serving was dessert! My entire Catholic education consisted of “God is love, it’s all good, we’re all the same, be tolerant of others”. Well that’s all fine and dandy, but it’s incomplete AT BEST. You know what you get when you feed people dessert only? You get a generation of people who are hungry-- and they either go snacking elsewhere after dinner (leave the church), or they go back and cook the meat and potatoes themselves (which is what my hsuband and I are doing-- researching our faith).
We’re drawn to the TLM, and to traditionalism, because we were raised on a faith so watered down and thin that it slipped through our very fingers and left NOTHING to grasp on to. We want to hold on to something! ESPECIALLY those of us raised in liberal parishes, or by non-practicing parents. We’re drawn to the TLM, and to traditionalism because it is a rich, creamy soup-- both filling and nourishing. We didn’t even realize we were starving without it.