The Catholic Church has seen dramatic falls in weekly attendance and number of people of who proclaim themselves Catholic is getting smaller and smaller. The number of people who are actually Catholic in the sense that they obey the Precepts of the Church are even smaller.
Baby boomers, seem to think that the proper response to younger members of the church wanting more tradition is to implement folk bands and guitars at the mass. Goodness, I have even seen tambourines at some masses.
But ask a new, young, convert and they will tell you, they at least want Latin and more structure to the mass. Altar rails are making a comeback, most converts and pious young people receive the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist on the tongue and kneeling. Some might call this converts Zeal. But could it be a guide to what actually attracts members and keeps them there. The only young Catholics I know who have been Catholic all their life and never turned from the Church are ones who’s parents are far more traditional than most.
What do people see as the future of the Church. What do they think the Pope in 50 years will be like. Will we see more traditional interpretations of Vatican 2 being implemented. Welcome to thoughts.