Today’s highly interesting read (10/17/21): What I Saw When I Went to a Traditional Latin Mass

priest standing beside altar

The Catholic Church is not immune from controversy. Its firm stand on abortion, denying Communion to certain elected officials, sexual abuse, prohibiting women priests, refusing priests to marry.

And then there’s the actual practice of how Catholics celebrate Holy Mass.

Take, for example, the Latin Mass that differs from the more common Mass of today. Hard to imagine that the differences between the two have brought the Latin Mass under attack. One journalist/author has been painfully negative, blasting not only the procedures, but the participants. Zita Ballinger Fletcher writes:

“The liturgy — spoken in an ancient language no longer in modern vernacular usage — places all power in the hands of the priest. The priest keeps his back turned to the people for most of the ceremony. Aside from making occasional responses, the congregation plays no active part in worship. All people inside the church are expected to kneel on cue at various points. The priest is at the center of the spectacle. He is separated from the people he is supposed to serve by an altar rail — a barrier that gives him privileges. To receive the Eucharist, people must kneel at his feet. 

“Meanwhile, the Latin tradition oppresses women. Women are expected — indeed, in some cases commanded — to wear skirts instead of trousers, cover themselves with long clothing and wear veils over their heads. No such rules exist for the men. It is discrimination, and therefore the Latin Mass actively endorses sexism. In most cases, it is useless to politely disagree with people in the Latin Mass sect. Their attitude creates blindness — not only to true faith, but to their own behavior. They treat others with pride and animosity.”

I say the woman is dead wrong. And so is the Pope.

This past summer according to the Associated Press, “Pope Francis cracked down on the spread of the old Latin Mass, reversing one of Pope Benedict XVI’s signature decisions in a major challenge to traditionalist Catholics who immediately decried it as an attack on them and the ancient liturgy. Francis reimposed restrictions on celebrating the Latin Mass that Benedict relaxed in 2007, and went further to limit its use. Critics said they had never before witnessed a pope so thoroughly reversing his predecessor.”

Today’s read is from David Mills, the editor of the Hour of Our Death website. Here’s an excerpt from his column:

It distresses me that so many people want to restrict it or suppress it entirely.

It’s a gift to people like the man with the man-bun and the man with the ponytail, the college girls in their jeans, the man with the stubble. It is a gift to people — some of them damaged and in pain — who want or often need the quiet, the order, the dramatized mystery, the antiquity and objectivity of the old rite. Many of these people live on the edges of the Church, or even the edges of Christianity.

That may be why so many people dislike it so much, or fear it. It might prove popular. It might not just be a concession to old people and a few odd ducks. A surprisingly wide variety of people find their way to it, not least young people and families with children. If you offer it, they will come.

Read the entire column here.

2 thoughts on “Today’s highly interesting read (10/17/21): What I Saw When I Went to a Traditional Latin Mass

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