When I was a teenager/early 20’s, and was very far from practicing my Faith, anything like this would have kept me miles away from the Church. A bunch of suggary, “slap-happy” drama-club kids clapping hands, strumming guitars, and saying things like “Ain’t Jesus great, gang!”, or, “Let’s Praise Him” would have led me to a mix of nausea and ridicule. The only reason I would have went would be to meet girls (evidently, from some of the below pics, many boys thought the same).
However, WYD serves a purpose, as it shows in one concentrated locale what Traditional Catholics are fighting against, and why we exist. Is this what Christianity is? Is that it? Hanging out half naked, half drunk (don’t you doubt some are drunk, or worse), and un-reformed at a Giant Woodstock Mass with 100,000 people? I don’t even want to think about the many acts of Sacrelige such a gathering practically gaurantees. It just creates another generation of half-ass “Catholics”.
From Article on WYD :
Along with the spiritual aspects of the event, the social interaction that comes with hundreds of thousands of young people mingling is also a big attraction for the pilgrims.
“Just the euphoria of everyone coming together, all different countries for one purpose, for peace,” said one young female pilgrim.
“It’s a good time because you can do so many things you don’t expect to be doing and there’s great people, you can be doing partying when you don’t expect to,” said a young male participant. (Article on WYD, and justified response from the local SSPX folks)
Warning: Some of the below pictures from past WYD Masses are scandalous, profane, and indecent. Some might lead to indecent thoughts, and contempt for clergy. **Isn’t that sad, that Mass can lead to indecency?, Speaks volumes!**