Even as the UK’s Catholic Herald, once a fine publication for which I was pleased to write for many years, trashed the Traditional Latin Mass and, especially, the people who desire it (HERE), the usually left-leaning, progressivist UK bastion The Tablet, which has in the past been dubbed “The Bitter Pill”, has a strong piece in defense of the TLM (HERE).
What’s going on?
The CH offering was from a Msgr Barr, from a diocese long-known to terrorize their conservative priests. The Tablet article was from a layman in Ballarat, where the clergy long terrorized lay people.
From The Tablet…
I would like to say as a Catholic I feel regularly cut down by the Church. I have spoken of the horror of sexual abuse. I have also seen terrible financial abuse. Parishes that families help build and gave money to at great personal expense over many years sold off without much notice and for not much money. Pastoral programs launched to great fanfare with expensive publicity ending up being an expensive waste of time for little benefit. And now the extraordinary financial scandals coming out of Rome. But the most depressing thing of all is the contempt so many clergy seem to have to the quiet devotions of ordinary people. It is difficult not to think you hate us. We have done you no harm so all they only thing I can think of to explain this animosity is a distaste for vulnerable people and the obligation to care for them. Many people hate their job after a time but this is a devastating experience for the average Catholic when it is a priest who hates their job.
Moves against the Latin Mass seems to me typical of a clerical hate towards the laity. I do not understand it. Those who attend the Latin Mass love the Church. We love God. We try to live good lives as Catholics. As ordinary people attending Mass we should be to bishops and priests nothing less than the face of Christ. I am not sure why we warrant such contempt.