A common meme among conservotrads and traditionalists is that millenials who were raised in “traditional” parishes are keeping the proverbial faith, while young people who were raised in “Novus Ordo” parishes are leaving Catholicism for Protestantism, atheism, or who knows what else. A variation on this theme is that “traditional” liturgical churches are gaining more millenial converts, while liberal mainline churches wither and die. As a member of one of those “traditional” parishes for three years and a former convert, I feel uniquely qualified to comment on these propositions.
As I’ve mentioned before, many if not most of the families at St F homeschooled. There was an unspoken belief among the homeschooling families that home education was the only reliably “Catholic” form of education, since the public schools had always been “anti-Catholic” and the post-Vatican II Catholic school system was untrustworthy. Numerous threads on sites like “Fish Eater Forums” and “Catholic Answers Forum” back up this view that the parents should be the primary influence on the education of their children, whether in the secular or the religious realm.