Aad but seriously annoying is the abysmal lack of understanding on the part of some that the language of the Mass of the Latin Church is Latin.
On the left and on the right, many say "Latin Mass" as if to indicate some Mass of antiquity, of by gone days, yadda yadda, or , on the other hand, to designate "the most beautiful thing this side of heaven" blah blah. GRRRRRRR
Example: A commentor on an entry over at the page of John L. Allen, Jr., the obiquitous fair-minded correspondent (with whom I frequently have friendly meals when we are both in Rome) for the lefties at the National Catholic Reporter, there is a perfect example of the ignorance I am talking about and, in this case, biased ignorance.
In quite a lengthy article (worthy reading) on many other topics, Mr. Allen makes a spare mention that Pope Benedict signals "greater openness to use of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass". Here is the comment after the article… written by someone who ought to know better.
If people think that
Submitted by yngadltmnstry on November 3, 2006 – 1:05pm.
If people think that Benedict is going to restore the Latin mass they’re nuts. He might give permission for people to celebrate it more freely than in the past but I doubt that we get the order from on high that we MUST have mass in Latin.
BTW–my response to the latter if it should happen would be "Yeah, that’s why no young people are here. We’re just not speaking their language. Please."
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You can feel the panic streaming directly from his foam flecked keyboard onto your screen, can’t you.
Of course this fellow is talking about the freeing-up of the so-called "Tridentine" Mass, Mass celebrated according to the 1962 editio typica of the Missale Romanum, which was in Latin. For him, clearly, "Latin" equals "bad" or "outdated" or some such other rubbish. The funny thing about this is that the places where Mass is celebrated in Latin, either with the Novus Ordo or with the older Missale, the congregations tends to be young. You see quite a few young families with more than 1.3 children.
In any event, the language the Latin Rite is Latin. The official books are in Latin. According to Canon Law every priest can say Mass in Latin at any time. The Second Vatican Council required that Latin be maintained and that, for some good reasons the vernacular would be permitted occasionally.
"Latin Mass" is merely "Mass in the Latin language". "Latin Mass" is NOT automatically the equivalent of the so-called "Tridentine" Mass.
To be clear: Mr. Allen doesn’t make the mistake. He is too smart and well informed. The commentor on his page does.