Saturday, November 10, 2007

NYT: Latin Mass Draws Interest After Easing of Restrictions

The Rev. Jerome Fasano, center, begins a traditional Latin Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton, Va. - Photo: Brendan Smialowski for The New York TimesFolks, I find it interesting that the New York Times decided to talk about this subject. This is a sampling:
The way Catholics came to worship after the Vatican II council has been a source of passionate conflict for some. A tiny but vocal minority was outraged by what they considered abrupt and misguided changes of the council, and Pope Benedict’s letter was meant to heal that rift.

Celebration of Latin Mass “One priest said on a blog that now we can’t be considered the nutty aunt in the attic,” said Jason King of Seattle, a board member of Una Voce America, a group that promotes the Tridentine Mass. “The pope’s letter legitimized our aspirations.”

Yet many Catholics, including priests and parishioners who grew up with the Tridentine Mass, recall services that were hasty and with little scriptural content.

“Most Catholics all over the world who have experienced the liturgy of Vatican II would say it’s not perfect, but most Catholics would admit that they are in a better place than 45 years ago,” Father Pecklers said. “They can understand the liturgy. Men and women are invited into celebration. There’s greater diversity and a greater sense of ownership of the parish by the laity.”

On a recent Wednesday evening at St. Andrew’s, young families and the elderly, children in school uniforms and craggy men, along with many women in mantillas, gathered in a hush as Father Fasano celebrated the Tridentine Mass. He leaned over the altar and prayed in a soft rumble of Latin.

Parishioners seemed confused at times about when to sit or stand. Yet no one seemed to be straining to hear the priest. They looked instead to their missals or prayed on their own. Some parishioners at St. Andrew’s spoke about how abandoning the Tridentine Mass weakened American Catholicism.
Read the entire piece here.

Commentary. The article is balanced on the whole, with opinions on both side of the issue, and the general conclusion that the Tridentine Mass will never be "normative" which is, of course, what the Holy Father said in the motu proprio. So, interesting, but nothing that we really didn't know already.