Do you remember when guys like me were being called "ultraconservative Tridentine Rite spin doctors"? (Brush up on that here.)
Well the disk can spin the other direction too.
As a good example of the sort of dopey stuff we will read I offer this for your consideration (my emphases and comments):
What’s Latin for ‘No one is happy?’ [I guess he’s really qualified to write about this… One way to say it is Nemo quisquam contentus.]
Pope Benedict XVI’s revival of the old Latin Mass on Saturday doesn’t seem to make anyone happy. [I’m happy…. but in their eyes, I am no one.]
The pontiff is not trying to replace the New Mass (which is over 40 years old, but "new" in Roman Catholic Church years), [got that right] but is making the Latin Mass available to priests who have a "stable group of faithful" who wish to go old school. [Lot’s of us consider it new school.]
Italian bishop Luca Brandolini [Bishop of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo ] was quite unhappy about the Pope’s announcement.
"It’s a day of mourning, not just for me but for the many people who worked for the Second Vatican Council. [Like, for example… Joseph Ratzinger, who probably was weeping on 7-7-07] A reform for which many people worked, [Hmmm… so how’s Mass attendance these days? Lot’s of confessions? How ’bout those seminarians… numerous?] with great sacrifice and only inspired by the desire to renew the Church, has now been cancelled." [Always with the drama…]
It’s not just members of the Roman Catholic community who are criticizing the move. The Anti-Defamation League called the move a "body blow to Catholic-Jewish relations." The League is concerned about a prayer from the Good Friday Tridentine (Latin) Mass for the conversion of Jews. [Well! That’s settles it!]
The old prayer goes like this:
For the conversion of Jews. Let us pray also for the Jews that the Lord our God may take the veil from their hearts and that they also may acknowledge our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us pray: Almighty and everlasting God, you do not refuse your mercy even to the Jews; hear the prayers which we offer for the blindness of that people so that they may acknowledge the light of your truth, which is Christ, and be delivered from their darkness.
The New Mass for Good Friday has the following prayer:
Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant. Almighty and eternal God, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity. Listen to your church as we pray that the people you first made your own may arrive at the fullness of redemption.
The move to make the Latin Mass available is aimed at appeasing [Yep….just a bunch of recalictrant brats who want to derail the wondrous renewal we have experienced over the last 40 years.] more conservative members of the Catholic Church, such as the one-million-member strong Society of Saint Pius X. But the group still needs to work out some doctrinal differences with the Vatican before everyone in the flock is satisfied.
What a dopey article.
So, no one is happy, huh?