We recently attended a Catholic mass at a church outside of our immediate geographical area with some relatives. The building itself was quite new with lots of windows and light coming in, with all the modern architectural angles and nuances. The stations of the cross were all clustered on one wall at the back of the church (actually, it was probably the only place where sufficient wall space existed to place them), as opposed to being on each side of the church and down it's length, as in most Catholic churches. The statues were of a very modern nature, and you kinda had to search for them. The church was actually quite beautiful, but it looked protestant. The people were friendly and greeted us as we came in. As a matter of fact they continued to talk in groups in the back of the church and across the pews. Anyone wanting to kneel and pray in silence prior to the beginning of mass would have been severely tested. The atmosphere seemed more like a family gathering at the Holidays or a reunion of some sort. The nun in attendance, didn't dress like a nun, and belonged to some order I had never heard of, that almost sounded "New Age". The diocesan appeal at the beginning took longer than the Homily. Later with our extended family members, I mentioned that I was disappointed with a lot of the "modernism" trends I see in many Catholic Churches. One family member quickly added that she had no problem mixing the old and the new. In discussion with my wife later we noted the increasing relaxed atmosphere we have seen in recent years. Our home church, although not using the Tridentine mass, I would still consider somewhat conservative. However, it too is louder and less reverent than it was only a few years ago. Any other Catholics on this forum see this same trend happening?
I would have to say, that is something I respect about the few Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches I have visited. They appear to still have maintained an atmosphere of reverence.
I know the Catholic Church is trying to reclaim a lot of what they have lost over the years, I hope it is not too little, too late. It is always difficult to backtrack. I say this not to slam the Catholic Church, but out of concern and realizing the direction we need to go to regain what we have lost.