I recently visited another English speaking country and attended Mass at Catholic parishes in two different areas of that country, one suburban and the other rural. I noticed something that differed from my American experience and am wondering about it.
At my home parish people generally enunciate clearly and audibly. And they speak together. Other American parishes I have visited may have had different cadence from my own parish but they did speak together.
In the country I visited everyone seemed to be speaking individual rhythms. A number of people were still using the older translation. Most of the people seemed to be speaking in the “Catholic mumble” that I remember from my early to mid 1960s childhood. The result was that the responses were pretty much unintelligible. It was the same at both parishes.
When I was a child the responses were often not clearly enunciated but people did speak with the same cadence. Since the 1970s I have been accustomed to Americans responding clearly enough that a non-Catholic visitor would be able to understand what was being said.
Were my experiences during my recent travels just flukes? Or is that typical? Is my American experience outside the norm?