The Church is facing one of the most serious crises in its history. The number of laity, clergy, and religious practicing the Catholic faith has decreased. The Church, according to the Index of Leading Catholic Indicators: Since Vatican II, roughly 460 million Catholics have abandoned the faith. Not only is there a participation crisis, but there are numerous polls that demonstrate the degree of heterodox teachings in the current United States Church.
Despite the significant drop of Catholic population, there is cause for optimism. According to a recent survey undertaken by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, whereas Novus Ordo (Pope Paul VI's 1969 Mass) parishes have been falling, parishes that offer the Latin Mass have been expanding. According to Dr. Joseph Shaw's research, the average traditional parish had larger family sizes, younger attendees, and a higher male attendance. What is the reason for this?
In Ever Ancient, Ever New: Why Younger Generations are Embracing Traditional Catholicism by David Daishell, millennials are intrigued by our Faith's traditional devotions, which were mostly abandoned after Vatican II, explain this phenomenon. Alexander Tschugguel, Stephanie Nicholas, Timothy Flanders, and Timothy and Stephanie Gordon are among the authors.
Ever Ancient, Ever New offers the way forward for the Church’s future...her past.