There was a blog post at the National Catholic Register:
This is an excerpt that is true almost across the board in parishes throughout the world:
"In this post I want to summon my fellow Catholics who love the Traditional Latin Mass to a greater appreciation of their obligation to evangelize. I sense that the Traditional Latin Mass has reached its peak in terms of numbers attending, though I admit to having only anecdotal evidence. Further, I believe that not only are the numbers attending the Traditional Latin Mass not growing, they may begin to decline if we are not more urgent. I would like to begin with a story from my early priesthood to make a general point, and then apply it to us who love the tradition."
My comments: The EF Mass appeals to a small group of people and on two levels: the beauty of the ritual and nostalgia. The vast majority of Catholics would appreciate the EF Mass if it were primarily in the vernacular. Latin is the culprit for keeping the EF Mass a boutique Mass. It isn't the ceremony and it isn't the vestments that is stunting growth of the EF Mass. It might be, though, the perceived "clericalism" true or not and a one sided "ecclessiology" that stunts it too. Most lay Catholics today want to be involved in the various ministries of the Mass, especially that of reader. And most are offended if their daughters can't participate in some form of the ministries of the Mass . If you lose mothers' appreciation of a Mass, you've lost families I fear.
My experience in Macon: Until September for the past 7 years we have offered a monthly EF High Mass the first Sunday of each month at 2 PM. Its numbers stabilized at about 60 people many of whom were not my parishioners but came from other areas of the diocese and from Atlanta.
We've had a Latin Low Mass each Tuesday at 5PM. It has stabilized in attendance at about 15 to 25 people.
Three years ago we starting celebrating the 12:10 PM Ordinary Form Sunday Mass ad orientem for the Liturgy of the Eucharist and this past year we began to distribute Holy Communion at the full length of the altar railing to kneeling communicants (the most important reform we can make to the Ordinary Form of the Mass, BTW!).
This past September we began to celebrate the EF High Mass the last Sunday of the month at the 12:10 PM time slot. We have not seen a decline in attendance, thus we are ow getting about 300 to 400 or more at that Mass every week including when it is an EF High Mass.
However the EF High Mass in Latin is not the solution to the liturgical problems of the Church which are much greater today than in the 1950's prior to Vatican II, much greater.
We need a reform of the reform by going back to the actual lived experience of the EF Mass and compare it to the OF Mass.
The solution is a third way and the Ordinariate "Book of Divine Worship, the Missal" is the solution! Let me repeat that: The solution is a third way and the Ordinariate "Book of Divine Worship, the Missal" is the solution.
The Ordinary Form of the Mass must recover the ceremony and order of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass as the Ordinariate Missal has marvelously done so with the endorsement of Pope Francis.
But it maintains the flexibility of the Ordinary Form, such as the various ministries for laity during the Mass and an ecclesiology that allows the laity to perform these ministries.
Soon I hope to post our Midnight Mass for Christmas which while not using the Extraordinary Form of the Mass order of the Mass, appears to be in continuity with it although primarily in English, although the Kyrie was in Greek and the Gloria and Credo in Latin. The flexibility of the Ordinary Form of the Mass is its strength but also can be its corruption.