In reference to the closing of so many churches in Pittsburgh and other dioceses, it is true that there is a shift in population that must be addressed and if the Catholic population moves from the downtown areas to the suburbs, downtown churches need to consolidate or be closed. It is sad, but a reality that must be addressed.
But there is a shift that even the Pittsburgh diocese admits, not as many Catholics go the Mass any more. They have become unchurched. They don't pray although they might say they are spiritual but without a need for the Mass and other sacraments. Many no longer opt to baptize their children, get married in the church and if they are the decision makers for the funerals of Catholic loved ones, they forgo a Catholic funeral or any funeral, cremation and disposal is preferred.
Richmond Hill, Georgia where I live is a community that is benefiting from population shifts and growing in leaps and bounds. Many moving into Richmond Hill are Catholic and the previous pastor built a new church building for our growing parish that can seat almost 1,200 people. We had standing room only at our Easter Sunday Masses. We only have two Sunday morning Masses because of the size of the parish--but the days are coming when an additional Mass might be needed and perhaps a Spanish Mass since we have balkinsnized the Church and her liturgy according to language which would not be the case if the Latin Mass had not become optional (in the EF or OF).
Thus in a booming area, the loss of the discipline of being Catholic, that of at least going to Mass each Sunday, getting baptized, confirmed and making First Holy Communion, marriage in the Church and burial form the church, has created a situation where a new parish is not needed and thus not opened.
I truly believe that if every Catholic in Richmond Hill actually attended Mass and did the minimum, we could open two or three new parishes.
Of course, the loss of Catholic identity and commitmement means fewer priests coming from Catholic families with fewer children. Thus even if everyone in Richmond Hill attended Mass, we couldn't open more parishes for a lack of priests.
Finally, and changing the subject kind of, is the EF Mass masculine or feminine or both?
I say both. The style, regimintation, discipline, exactness, marchlike stiffness of the EF Mass appeals to real men. Yet when you watch the magnificent Pontifical Mass from Washington with Archbishop Samples, there is a lot of lace, a lot of floral colors and a lot of things that appeal to the feminine side of men and of course women like some manly things, but love lace and floral patterns themselves.
Let's face it, liturgical and clerical wear is feminine.
But isn't the Church feminine? Holy Mother, she, her, etc? And yes, isn't every soul in a man or a woman female? Yes!
The OF Mass is feminine in an unmanly way thus causing us to lose so many men from our liturgical life and thus from the priesthood.
The EF Mass is manly and prescribed to be from the point of view of who can be in the sanctuary during Mass--but is is quite feminine too but in a manly way.