I am not a devotee of the Latin Mass, though we have frequently attended and found the people loyal to this form of the Mass devout and obedient with division and schism the last thing on their mind.
I tend to be a “Novus Ordo” guy who appreciates understanding the language though I love the inserted elements in Latin. We have found many celebrated reverently by devout priests and congregation, especially prayed with ad orientem accompanied by the use of the altar rail. My simple thoughts on the Latin Mass are here.
But that the Pope and the Vatican should squash the Traditional Latin Mass is a shame. They claim the purpose is to bring unity but I suspect it will do the exact opposite and further divide the Church. Why punish some of the most loyal Catholics for doing what the Church has done for ages and was approved by Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI?
Irregular Masses are celebrated around the world with liturgical dance, laced with LGBT acceptance, Leftist ideologies, irreverence, unordained giving homilies and more. Why not trounce on these activities? Punish the traditional Catholics? Really?
Using the word “traditional” in no way includes the sedevacantists or schismatics, or those in the Society of Pope Pius X. I am referring to those who love the tradition and history of the Church, are loyal to Rome and want to live out their faith with the age-old Latin Mass. Why alienate hundreds of thousands of loyal Catholics while pointing out the problems caused by very few “Radical Traditionalists”?
Two interesting articles appearing in the news today. The first by Catholic World News and the second by The Catholic Thing.