... not to beat a dead horse, and WYD has been "done" to death, but I really want to hear from people who have actually attended one of these hurrahs.
I'm going to be frank here, looking at the videos on YouTube, the event looks more like a Life Teen mass on steroids.... with acid. All three of which I am adamantly against.
The videos that circulate the internet don't look like anything Catholic I've ever seen. There is nothing liturgically recognizable I can even discern. In fact, it hardly qualifies as a religious or spiritual function at all. At best, they remind me of the evangelical rock concerts my Pentecostal friends would drag me to. Yeah, those were supposed to change my life as well.
I don't know. Tell me what you think.
In all fairness, this particular video was uploaded to YouTube in 2008 and uses footage from 2002; almost a decade ago. Maybe things have changed significantly in that time. Maybe not. That's why I am asking you.
However, the whole phenomena begs the question; why do people think teens and young adults are simply incapable of practicing their faith without a party atmosphere. And what's all this hog wash about it fostering vocations... as if no one ever considered a vocation prior to the inception of WYD.
I give more creedance to young people taking pilgrimages to shrines, and other locations of Catholic importance, than I do of these party atmosphere events where Eucharistic Adoration is ... well, just look at it. Appalling.
Like Hilary stated; "If you have to say, every time, that it's "not Catholic Woodstock," it probably is."