I don’t know how many times my own proposals, or those of others I have heard about, were rejected because of "young people". "No, no. We have to do [FILL IN BLANK] for young people".
Pretty much you know in your heart that [FILL IN THE BLANK] is going to flop because a) young people aren’t stupid and b) young people don’t have 1960′s-70′s baggage and c) what ever hip bad groovy sick cool thing you attempt in church is always done better elsewhere by people who are actually good at it.
Over at NLM I saw an interesting graph.
This graph concerns age groups against frequency of Mass attendance.
My friend Jeffrey Tucker puts it this way (with my emphases and comments):
The upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s were justified largely based on the desperate need of young people for a liturgical experience that meets their needs and speaks to a new generation. [Sounds about right. Ever heard that yourself?] Apparently the "new generation" didn’t much like what they heard, because they left in droves. Meanwhile, the strongest attachments to Catholic Church can be observed among those raised in a liturgical environment widely decried for its failure to connect to people and its propensity to foster alienation. These are the survivors who cling to the memorized portions of the Baltimore Catechism for sustenance in difficult times.
Knowing nothing other than these facts, one can easily conclude that the conventional wisdom is complete wrong and that the truth is the reverse of what we’ve been told. The hip and happening style at Mass backfired and emptied the Church. It is the "bad old days" that instilled deeper attachments. The proper direction for change, then, is to recover what we lost.
Do I hear an "Amen!"?
You can read the rest over there.