Friday, October 27, 2006

More TLM

Follow this link to an interesting commentary on the Traditional Latin Mass.


Anonymous Woody Jones said...

Dear Father,

As I take in the blogosphere treatment of the upcoming indult (ojala que si), and the opposition that it is evidently engendering, I am left to wonder: since the Traditional Mass would be available only as an option (where not prohibited), and thus no one would be compelled to assist at it who did not wish to, why are the French bishops and others, rumored to include some embedded in the Curia, who oppose it, so determined? They would not, after all, have to suffer through it themselves.

The only answer that I can think of is simply that for such people, the Mass of Paul VI does in fact represent a concrete expression of a substantial break with the pre-Conciliar way of believing and doing things, including, but not just limited to, the liturgy. Therefore it would seem that reintroduction of the TLM would threaten the ascendancy of their view of how the Church is to be taught and led in this period. And if this is correct, why is that type of thinking not precisely the hermeneutics of rupture that Pope Benedict deplored in his allocution of 22 December 2005? Why, indeed, is it not an admission that for such people, Vatican II really does represent the Revolution come into the Church? Or as one venerable prelate said: It is as if they believe the Church only started with Vatican II.

If I am right, then, the stakes in this struggle are much greater than merely restoring the TLM as an option for those who would take advantage of it, or even for the regularization of those whose status with regard to the Church is unclear at the moment at best.

Wishing you all the best.

1:56 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

We are engaged in a spiritual battle. Victory is in Christ Jesus.

2:09 PM  

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