…has anyone noticed the red herring within church music and liturgy circles that informal Masses and ‘praise and worship’ music are provided for the young people because they ‘like that sort of thing’?
This is ridiculous. All you have to do is look around church one Sunday at the faces of the people. It is true that some young people like informal Masses and groovy music, but plenty of them don’t. You can see it from the negative body language and the pained expressions on their faces.
I know from being a high school chaplain and talking to teenagers about it that plenty of young people like classical music, old hymns and Gregorian chant. It’s true that some young people like contemporary praise music, but so do plenty of older people.
I reckon the age thing is a total red herring. It has more to do with personality types. Some types of people of all ages like informal liturgies and ‘praise and worship’ music. Others like more formal liturgy and music.
More Catholics–it seems to me–simply endure what the well meaning liturgists and contemporary church musicians foist upon them.