Many of the young newcomers were restless Catholics who have found in the Latin Mass something tried and proven.

Many of the young newcomers were restless Catholics who have found in the Latin Mass something tried and proven. “There’s a sense that the whole has been refined over centuries,” said 36-year-old Ron Weber, a Chesapeake resident who grew up going to English-only Masses. “It gives you the sense that God is always the same.” Compared to the old rite, some younger members said, the contemporary Mass is too unpredictable and too much like Protestant services… (and) younger Catholics are less likely to be biased against traditional practices they haven’t experienced than some older Catholics who remain glad to be rid of ways that they found stifling or outmoded.