In the last issue of The Tablet (aka "The Bitter Pill") the editors had a little hissy fit. I look at their piece here.
Here is an excerpt from the latter with my emphases and comments:
Indeed, I think The Tablet is right about the one thing which nobody seems to want to look at very carefully: Archbishop Nichols is less than enthusiastic about the Extraordinary Form. You only need to look at his priorities as expressed in the interview he gave a little time ago to The Catholic Herald. Instead of pointing out why it is that people might prefer the Extraordinary Form, [right] he instantly cites the dangers it poses to the Church:
One of the troubling things at the moment is that some people want to create too much of a tension between those two. And most troubling of all to my mind is the mindset that somebody might get caught into, because perhaps they don’t like some aspect of how the Mass is being celebrated or the music that’s been chosen or something, that they begin to turn their back on the Church’s ordinary pattern of prayer, the ordinary form of the Mass and say: "I can’t accept that." That’s really quite serious, because if they can’t accept that then they are inexorably distancing themselves from the Church. And as the Pope said in the documents which he issued at the time in which he opened up a wider use of the extraordinary form, this all depends on the person’s faithfulness to the Church. It’s our concentration on what’s essential. And what is essential is that I put myself there in the presence of the priest, whichever form the Mass is said in, and I recognise with wonder that this is the mystery of the Lord’s Body and Blood given for me.
What strikes me about this is that there is none of the wisdom which the pope has shown in his own writing on this subject. Pope Benedict understands perfectly why people flee the Ordinary Form and it is NOT, REPEAT, NOT SIMPLY because they ‘don’t like’ it. It is often because they have found something special in the EF which has come as a surprise to them: richly-worded prayers, inspiring music, awe and reverence, centuries-old beauty. [Exactly. It may be that people flee the foolishness they find in their regular parish, but then discover more than they bargained for in the TLM.] And it is generally because they feel driven away by irreverence, the lack of a sacred atmosphere, the tosh music, the casual, smugger-than-thou atmosphere that can sometimes, though by no means always, characterize celebrations of the Ordinary Form. I suggest it is also because of the utterly irrational, stupid, dimwhit, mischievous, brainless hostility to the Extraordinary Form the very mention of which instantly puts the backs up of 75% of the clergy. It is sometimes because the traddies are filled with disgust at how they have been treated by clergy who can behave more like bullies than shepherds. I still wince when I think of the priest who, to provoke me, sarcastically described his colleague coming out to celebrate the Old Mass with his amice pulled over his head, concluding his description by spitting out the word ‘Bollocks!’
So, everyone is firing arrows at The Tablet for being naughty. But, in reality, the real problem is not The Tablet – we’ve known about them for a long time; it is the lukewarm, tottering understanding of Pope Benedict’s motu proprio which is the real story.
From Fr. Fingan:
Essentially, the Tablet is attempting to use Archbishop Nichols in support of its opposition to the usus antiquior which it persists in calling the "Tridentine Rite" – a dated and inaccurate expression now quite properly abandoned by other commentators on the subject, whatever side of the debate they take.
The editorial rightly notes that the Archdiocese of Westminster has sponsored the training course offered by the Latin Mass Society but instead of drawing the obvious conclusion that the usus antiquior is therefore entering the mainstream of ecclesiastical life in England, it presents this as a "control" issue; a claim that the Archdiocese of Westminster might find mildly insulting.
There is a note of that insecurity often found in the shrill opponents of the usus antiquior whereby they accuse its supporters of considering themselves "more Catholic than thou". In the case of the Tablet, one does not need to try hard to be more Catholic [Amen.] – supporting Humanae Vitae and the papal magisterium generally would be enough to set you a good distance from it in that respect regardless of whether you like to attend the usus antiquior or not.