The other day I posted about a piece by Fr. James Farfaglia, a sensible Catholic priest and no liberal, who shared thoughts about his love for the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. He rambled a little and left an impression that the Extraordinary Form “wasn’t quite the thing”, but in the main I thought his reflections were useful. They were surely well within the pale.
He seems to have gotten some flack from his defense of the Ordinary Form. This is just a guess, but I suspect that there may be some cross-over with the readership here!
He posted today in an entry entitle Reaching Out to My Disgruntled Critics:
I was rather astounded at the amount of negative comments that the article generated. The negativity came from people who have an affinity to the Tridentine Mass, or what is now called the Extraordinary Form.
I am surprised at such a negative reaction. I assumed that with Pope Benedicts’ decision to freely allow the use of the Tridentine Mass and to lift the excommunication of the Bishops ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre that those who have an exclusive affinity to the Tridentine Mass would be happy campers.
Surprised? Really? Perhaps this is tongue in cheek?
Really, Father, we should have jackets made.
Dear Father, as you made clear, you are a happy priest (well… mostly. You can, fact be happy and mad at the same time!). Sadly, the trad thing in the past has tended to attract the sort of person who is happy only when she is unhappy. (Note my application of inclusivity.)
I think that is changing. Not only are some of the perennially unhappy beginning to unclench, younger people without the baggage are embracing the more traditional forms and injecting some additional joy into their communities.
There is a slice of our traditional Catholic brothers and sisters out there who need time to heal after the decades of disappointment and sheer abuse from bishops and priests and others in their parishes and perhaps also families. All they wanted was what was Catholic and they were ridiculed for it. They were deeply sensitive to the discontinuity and rupture inflicted after the Council, decades of craziness that left them angry, and not without cause. They asked for bread and got scorpions.
When you get scorpions for long enough, you eventually sting back.
Time and TLC are needed.
Keep engaging those who offer those negative comments, Father. Also, should you ever want to learn the Extrarordinary Form, just give me a shout.