Fox News on “Tridentine” Mass

I understand that there may be a short feature on the Fox News Channel about the "Tridentine" Mass, during the Fox Report starting 7 p.m. EST.

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  1. Catholic Lady says:

    They must have edited it out – how disappointing.

  2. Brian says:

    There is a video clip of a Fox News report on the Latin Mass here:

    Unfortunately, I cannot get it to play, so I can’t tell if it was simply a report on a local Fox affiliate or on the national Fox News cable channel.

  3. Cathy Dawson says:

    Brian: Thanks for the link. It wouldn’t play for me at first either, but I tried hitting the play button a few more times and it played. It was a nice Christmas present!

    I thought it was very favorable coverage of the TLM. They said that the priest “faces God instead of the people”. They did a good job of showing why people are attracted to it – not nostalgia or unwillingness to change, but mysticism, reverence, etc. They gave a short amount of time for Fr. Richard McBrien to object, but he they didn’t make his side seem very convincing. One thing that was interesting was that Fr. McBrien was saying that people can’t participate in the Latin Mass, but all the clips they showed of the Mass the congregation was giving responses. I don’t know if this is the norm or not since I’ve only been to two places with the Latin Mass. One, the congregation said responses and chanted the Ordinary prayers with the choir, the other the congregation is completely silent during the entire Mass. Fox could have chosen a church where the people were silent and it would have weighed on Fr. McBrien’s side (I’m not saying rightfully) but they didn’t. I don’t know if this was intentional. Anyway, I was amazed at how positive the coverage was.

  4. Augustine says:

    My brother and I were the acolytes, pictured standing along the side wall. Fr. Andreas Hellmann of the Institute of Christ the King had the Mass. It was very nice.

  5. Guy Power says:


    Thank you for the link. I noted the announcer stated that younger families are attending: Good press!! The complaint that Fr. McBrian made, that “reading from a missal is like going to Opera and reading the program” …. well, that’s exactly how I’ve explained it before; so, I think Fr. McBrian inadvertently shot his own toe off. His was actually a great comment. Watching opera (or even foreign films) is much better in the origianl language because one gets the true feeling of the opera or movie. Reading subtitles or missal is not a hindrance — and besides … why are missals provided in English for English-language Masses?

    Anyway, a very positive report on the Traditional Latin Mass.

  6. Augustine says:

    The piece aired on Fox Report (nationally) on Christmas Day.

  7. Séamas says:

    Guy: Besides, after a few months you don’t really need the missal anymore, except for some of the propers. After a few years, you begin to understand the Latin well enough that you don’t need the missal even for the propers. When one cares about something, one learns.

    Anyway, I thought the coverage was positive, too.

  8. Here is another useful link to the video. Click HERE.

  9. Francisco says:

    I think it was a very fine piece of news report. I am appalled to hear a priest to speak with so much contempt of the faithful of the Tridentine Rite. It is still incomprehensible to me these sort of statements from a man that is supposed to be God’s minister. This man does not know charity, how can he celebrate mass with those feelings in his heart? Not only he has no charity, but his ignorance, and arrogance are just appalling. It is sacrilegious for this man to be celebrating the mass. His words expressed bigotry.

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