Saturday, December 21, 2013
Moderately Traditional. . .
The news report is here.
I do not know if his intervention was warranted or not, whether the Latin Mass issue was central or peripheral, or, really, much else. What I do find interesting is that this traditionalist group was told that you cannot have the Latin Mass if you prefer it and judge it better than the vernacular. That is both interesting and unusual.
Given the fact that the Pope has had his plate full of left leaning monks, nuns, and priests -- throw in a bishop or two -- and yet none of these received such a seemingly quick and harsh rebuke, it does make you wonder. Now anybody with a mind knows that no Pope is going to come out against the Latin Mass but he need not. If he chooses, he can restrict its usage (contrary to B16) in such a way that it becomes the rare exception instead of a real alternative to the vernacular that now predominates. Again, I have no inside knowledge here but merely the curiosity that for this group the Pope has prevented the Latin Mass from being used, at least as widely as it was by the Order, and seems to have come down with a more restrictive punishment for their sins (which may be great, who knows) than he has for others and their sins.
In other words, he wants folks to be traditional but moderately so, to love the Latin Mass but not too much, and to stop saying that the Latin Mass is either more faithful or better than the Novus Ordo. Now I am only a Lutheran and live in Tennessee, so my judgment may be suspect here. If I am misreading him, I apologize, but from the vantage point of one outsider it does seem a rather unequal approach... What do YOU think?