In a post yesterday, I wrote about the possibility that, before too long, the TLM might wind up being the “last Mass standing”. Why? Demographics are burning quickly and the present day hierarchy has only thrown more accelerant on the fire. It’s as if they want to empty churches so that they can be closed and cut up for piecemeal sale, like the beautiful church in Fall River.
A priest wrote:
I know this is being rather pessimistic, but, given the current state of affairs within the Holy Roman Catholic Church, how long do you think the TLM will actually last beyond the death of Pope Benedict XVI?
My heart aches at the possibility of the TLM being officially abrogated maybe within one year (more likely months) of the passing of Pope Benedict XVI. That is pure speculation but, very sadly, I think it is a reasonable expectation given the current state of affairs in Rome.
Satan hates Latin…..might the Latin NO also be abrogated in favor of a vernacular only Mass? Nightmarish things to think about……
I read this on the same day that I read on an Italian site that an Italian bishop who hates Tradition suggested to the bishops conference there that they do something to block Summorum Pontificum and to suppress all those places where the older Mass has taken off since 14 Sept 2007. Of course the situation in Italy is far far worse that it is in these USA. Italy is a disaster. At the end of that blog piece the writer offered a painfully poignant state of the question paragraph for Italy (my translation):
There is something psychopathically sinister in all of that [effort to suppress Summorum] and it is the jealousy of the loser: in the collapse of their own utopias, in the winter’s freeze into which the radiant ‘springtime of the Council’ has changed, it is too painful to look reality in the face and to admit honestly one’s own mistakes. It’s better then to seek to destroy the little that still works, like the zeal and the decorum of the celebrations in the ancient rite and the flourishing of vocations in traditional religious institutes. The case of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and the hatred of the immemorial liturgy are clear examples of this insane frenzy of the unhinged shipwrecked, who try to overturn the few rafts that still float, rather than thinking of climbing onto them or building new ones.
The “invidia del fallito… the jealously of the loser… the failure”… spiteful envy. There are several kinds of people working against tradition. There are the hard-core ideologues, with ice in their veins, who want to overturn the very constitution of the Church and remake her into their worldly tool. There are those who are the dupes of the previous who are also ideologues, but they are chumps and useful idiots. Within this second group of vicious pawns, are a couple of subdivisions. You have those who realize that everything that they have done has failed but rather than admit it, they plunge forward, hacking and slashing and burning as they go. They’d rather see a smoking hole where a beautiful church one stood rather than permit its restoration and potential revival. Others also see that their works are vain and that their hopes were empty. Rather than lay waste about them, they curl up in the dark and suck their thumbs, unwilling to make any sort of change for good or ill. They just dissolve into puddles of irresolute stasis. But their stasis blocks the efforts of those who would act. My old pastor, Msgr. Schuler, used to say about those in the Archdiocese in charge of vocations that they were like the Irish who sat around talking about how to starve together rather than planting some other crop than the same old potatoes. What did Einstein offer? Doing the same thing over and over in the hope of different results is insane. That’s a big part of the worldview of the abovementioned ideologues.
Look. I don’t think that this effort by that dopey bishop in Italy will go anywhere. There is no upside for Francis in abrogating Summorum.
I think that the TLM is here to stay. It is self-perpetuating now, once again. There are enough priests who know what to do that it can’t be snuffed out. There are plenty of resources again, along with the books and materials that are needed. Nope. It is not going to happen. It can’t be obliterated.
Also, let’s say for the sake of argument, that Francis did do that, did try to crush out the older Mass or even Latin in the Novus Ordo. I think that at this point such a move would be like Darth cutting down Obi-Wan. The older form would probably spread even faster as a result. I suspect that, if some priests obeyed and stopped saying the older Mass, many many more would probably keep going.
If these jokers think that they can, for example, create a clearing house for Catholic media as was suggested at the last Synod (“walking together”), they are clearly deluded. If these jesters of the court of Francis think that the older form of Mass can be suppressed by force, they not in touch with reality.
Could the Novus Ordo be restricted to the vernacular only? I am unaware of a rising movement to say Mass in Latin with the newer, post-Conciliar rite. The numbers are not that great. Too bad. I doubt they will give that any attention. I was, however, irritated with the newer edition of the English Roman Missal was issued and there was no Latin appendix, as there was in the old, appalling, Sacramentary. One priest friend had a supplement printed which could be affixed into the English Roman Missal.
Again, solving a problem by taking matters into his own hands.