On the website of the one of the worst, one of the most liberal newspapers in the USA, the execrable Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there is an informal poll:
Instant poll: Should the church allow wider use of the Latin Mass?
Pope Benedict has decided to relax restrictions that have existed since the 1960s.
Yes No Don’t know
Get out the vote! Post links on your own blog, if you have one. Make a difference.
Remember, a lot of clergy of that Archdiocese will be reading these results.
Folks! You have your marching orders.
In the paper, there is a piece from the AP. This is how the paper is shaping opinion:
Pope seeks wider use of Latin massVATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict is proceeding with his plan to allow more churches to use the Latin mass.
The decision follows months of debate. Some cardinals, bishops and Jews have opposed any change to the current vernacular rite, voicing complaints about everything from the text of the old mass to concerns that the move will lead to further changes to the reforms approved by 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council.
To celebrate the Latin mass now, a priest must obtain permission from the local bishop. Roman Catholic leaders are anxiously awaiting the details of Benedict’s decision, to see how far he will go in easing that rule.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, told reporters Thursday that bishops will still have a "central role" — but he didn’t elaborate. Bertone called a return to the Latin mass a "great treasure."
In a 1988 document, Pope John Paul II urged bishops to be generous in granting dispensations to allow the Tridentine rite to be celebrated. But many proponents say bishops have been stingy — for personal reasons or because not enough priests can do it.
Benedict appears wary of ignoring tradition. This week, he changed the rules for the election of a pope, reinstating the rule changed by John Paul requiring a two-thirds majority for election of the pontiff.
In the 1997 book "Salt of the Earth" Benedict said it was "downright indecent" for people who are still attached to the Latin mass to be denied it.