[quote=BulldogCath]You seem to have answered the question yourself then without waiting for others to vote-why then did you make this a pole. You obviously have your own subjective skewed feelings towards the subject beforehand. It would have been nice to see what others felt without making this, as the first poster as you are starting the string-into a confrontational string which is sort of like Mysty did with her anti-kneeling campaign. It is rhetoric like this that just makes more of the “conservative” catholics go over to SSPX, SSPV or stop going to church all together as they feel no longer wanted, listened to, and banned from boards such as this. I guess that is why after Vatican II the church has gone from 75% attendance down to 15% as those 60% either go to traditional chapels or stay home and pray the rosary, as my grandmother did rather than go to the Novus Ordo Mass. Why not try and bring these people back-do all you want is the radical left wing to be attending Mass in the next decades to come?
I have a question about the percentages. Does that mean 75% of people claiming to be Catholics went to Mass? or went every week? Is that percentage drop from then to now or directly after the change? Can you clarify what those percentages mean specifically. Thanks!
I would just like to point out that if 60% of the people aren’t going to NO Mass, they must be staying home and not going to TLM either, because the NO Masses at my parish are packed (it’s a huge cathedral too), but the TLM indult that I attend weekly just uses a little chapel on the same premises and there is plenty of room–and people come from great distances to it. If this is available, why woudn’t these 60% of people come, since there should be more of them than are currently filling the cathedral (the 15% or whatever) during the NO Masses? My theory is this: Even the NO Mass is 75% senior citizens. I think the attendance is dropping because people are dying and the materialism of modern America has made younger people disnterested in church. I think the change in values that happened in the 60s would have caused a drop in attendance, regardless of the liturgy.
I will say, it is a shame that many abuses arise from the fact that priests try and cater to the new mentality in order to be popular.