Well, I am NOT going to throw cold water on this (I hope). I’m hoping that lessons have been thoroughly learned since the debacle of the 70s-90s.
Back in the day (the 70s) when I was a proud member of the folk group I have to say that we were ‘on fire’ for Christ. The music was (we thought) very moving, the whole atmosphere was (we thought) very “Christ-centered”. There were a LOT of people who frequently said that Mass was very helpful and they got a lot from it.
Now what is hopefully different NOW from THEN is the cold hard fact that a LOT (not ‘everything’, but a LOT) of what we young-uns thought was good, true, righteous and ‘spirit-filled’ --wasn’t.
Not because we were trying to be disobedient, not because we were stupid, but because while the INTENTIONS we had then were good, while it is indeed important in a sense to ‘tap into’ the mindset of teens (whose emotional levels are very different from both children and adults). . .what we were GIVEN --the teachings, the music, the cameraderie, the ‘experience’ were for the most part ‘wrong’ theologically and spiritually, though PRESENTED exactly the way in which our EMOTIONS would respond best.
IOW, we were fed a diet of junk food which did ‘nourish’ our bodies–BADLY! when what we were told we were getting was ‘real food’.
So we see today that there is still the chance (from one post) that teens are getting good nourishment in the way that they respond to best, presented ‘differently’ from what children and adults ‘need’ but still good solid nourishment. . .
but still the chance that (as in my day) teens will be given junk (in the way they respond to best) presented as good solid nourishment.
The ‘fruits’ will show in the next 20-30 years. Relatively few of my ‘on fire’ Catholic friends of the 1970s go to church, even those who still identify themselves as Catholic --and these were the well catechized, 16 years at Catholic school, Mass attending, lower, middle AND upper class Catholics. To this day, they will bring up all the new things we were taught had ‘changed’ from the old in the 60s and 70s–like, you don’t ‘have’ to go to church every Sunday, you don’t ‘have to’ obey teaching if your conscience says you don’t, it’s OK to be ‘pro choice’, it’s okay to be sexually active outside marriage if you are ‘sincere’, nobody is ever going to go to hell no matter what they do because ‘God loves us too much’ etc. to excuse themselves from following anything they don’t want to do, and to accuse anybody who disagrees as "judgmental, bigoted, radical Traditionalist, medieval, hatemongering etc.’
Now if today’s teens, 20-30 years from now, are not only still as ‘involved’ in Mass (probably NOT with the same style of music etc. but with the same fervor), and not IN SPITE OF the Mass teachings, spiraling into mass exodus from the Church and return (much later) on getting the ‘real’ nourishment they were denied – then they are probably getting a valuable Mass now. God bless them!