The post by Mosebach got me thinking about something I have drilled at for a while now.
Libs, progressivists, what ever you call them, are functioning within a blinkered paradigm.
They have raised what they imagine the Council was about to a dogma outstripping all other dogmas, a new beginning, a reemergence from the darkness,. The SSPX reminds them that the Council is one Council among many and that it can be questioned on some points.
But going beyond that more intellectual stance, the SSPXers and all those other people, priests and lay within the Church who desired continuity with tradition, defended against the libs something viscerally terrifying:
A liturgy focused on MYSTERY… MYSTERY BOTH FEARSOME AND ALLURING.
Mysterium tremendum et fascinans. For liberals what the older form of Mass proposes is far more dreadful than it is attractive.
It is for them an encounter with the monster under the bed. They recoil from it.
ALL people recoil from mystery! It is terrifying!
But true Catholics with vera fides find that terrifying encounter also profoundly alluring.
And so people with that Catholic sense draw closer, quaking but inching forward all the same, eyes cast down and nevertheless seeking what may be within, seeking the encounter which will suck them dry but in turn fill them with what they cannot comprehend or attain by any merely human means.