Yeah. Abortion has been legal for 34 years, too, but that doesn’t mean I intend to embrace it.
But it is now part of many parishes’ traditions. These are still conservative areas. Actually a priest from northern Minnesota who started doing them in 1973 was able to do a Polka Mass for JPII in 1983 and the late Pope enjoyed it then.
Pope John Paul had a remarkable willpower when it came to tolerating liturgical novelties. I suspect he believed the time wasn’t ripe for reforming them out of the Mass, and perhaps he was right. The fact that our current Pontiff appears willing to go the extra mile to not only free up the traditional Mass but to reform the reform tells me that perhaps now the time is right. I for one certainly hope so.
I did the Google search and while I see an increase it is a small increase in total numbers compared to the total number of Catholic youth across the country. I do not see it being large enough for an abandonment of the current ways.
I said nothing about “abandoning” anything, my dear fellow, other than abuse and wretched music. I myself prefer a reverent, dignified, and respectful Novus Ordo over the Tridentine Mass. The problem is trying to find a Novus Ordo that’s reverent, dignified, and respectful; believe me, they seem to be mighty hard to come by.
I had to search for three years before I found a parish where the liturgy was even close to being what the rubrics called for, and that looked like a Catholic church inside, instead of a cross between a warehouse and the floor of a stock exchange. The liturgical abuses were so hideous in my deanery that my wife left Mass in tears one Sunday and refused to go back for over a year. The Church nearly lost her. So, is that the purpose of the “novelty” Masses? To drive people out of the Church in disgust, in order to make way for teenagers who prefer rock bands instead of organs? If so, they seem to be doing a dandy fine job of it.
As for young Catholics and the Tridentine Mass, methinks the fact that you have any who prefer the older Mass to the dog-and-pony-shows that I have had inflicted on me in my day speaks volumes.