[quote=Ham1]Thanks, I am curious as to the numbers, though. Is 20,000 or 200,000? It seems to be in my experience to be a remarkably small number of Catholics worldwide. And I think for this reason, doesn’t receive much consideration from the Vatican. After all, they have bigger things to worry about and in the grand scheme of things this probably affects very few Catholics.
I would guess that you are correct. I have seen estimates of 2%-10% of people at Mass on a given Sunday are attending the TLM in the U.S.
To give you some perspective though, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma covers approx. 70,000 square miles (about the size of all the states that comprise New England). In the Diocese of OKC we have one TLM chapel with three Sunday masses. The Diocese of Tulsa has one TLM church in Tulsa with two Sunday masses and a Monastery in rural Hulbert, OK with two TLM Sunday masses.
Since I have started going to the TLM in March, I have had many people tell me that they are going to go to Mass at our chapel, but to my knowledge none has shown up yet. When I ask them why, inertia is the reason given by most. It is hard to break our old habits.
If the TLM becomes more widely available, I would expect the numbers to go up some. Distance and times will make it more convenient for people to attend.