A few weeks ago Reuters reported:
Pope Francis overturned decisions by his two predecessors and re-imposed restrictions on the old-style Latin Mass preferred by traditionalist Roman Catholics, saying it was being exploited to divide the Church.
Conservative groups reacted with dismay and anger to the latest episode of what some have dubbed the Church’s “liturgy wars”.
Some conservatives in the Church, particularly in the United States and some European countries, have used the Latin Mass as a battle cry in their general opposition to the reforms of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council, which included the introduction of Mass in vernacular languages.
Before the Council, Catholic mass was an elaborate ritual led in Latin by a priest with his back to the congregation. Vatican II reduced the formality and had the priest face the faithful to pray in their local language.
Traditionalists rejected the new style’s sing-along hymns and guitar music. Many missed the Latin rite’s sense of mystery and awe and the centuries-old Gregorian chant that went with it.
On this Sunday today’s read is from R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. Here’s an excerpt:
I have always thought that my friends who have insisted that Pope Francis is a liberal or even a socialist were being a bit extreme. I thought it was unfair to stigmatize the pope in this way, but eliminating an alternative form of worship — not even for theological reasons but for the sake of conformity — certainly sounds like cancel culture to me.
Read the entire column here.
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