Who knew? We traddies are just fashion hounds. February 17, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disconcerting, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, manhood, Papa, persecution, pr stunts, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the return.
This is a few days old, so perhaps I’ve missed the boat, but I returned to the internet this morning, after my usual weekend respite, to find that the Holy Father Pope Francis has proclaimed that preference for the Traditional Mass is simply a matter of fashion, like Nehru jackets and leisure suits. Mind you, this is coming second hand, from a Czech bishop who swears he heard the Pope say this, but it’s been two-plus days now and no retraction or clarification from the Vatican, so…….
[Abp. Jan Graubner speaks:] When we were discussing those who are fond of the ancient liturgy and wish to return to it, it was evident that the Pope speaks with great affection, attention, and sensitivity for all in order not to hurt anyone. However, he made a quite strong statement when he said that he understands when the old generation returns to what it experienced, but that he cannot understand the younger generation wishing to return to it. “When I search more thoroughly – the Pope said – I find that it is rather a kind of fashion [in Czech: 'móda', Italian 'moda']. And if it is a fashion, therefore it is a matter that does not need that much attention. It is just necessary to show some patience and kindness to people who are addicted to a certain fashion. But I consider greatly important to go deep into things, because if we do not go deep, no liturgical form, this or that one, can save us.”
I would say, in the greatest charity to the Holy Father, that if he wants Catholics who go “deep into things,” he ought to spend more time with Catholics attracted to the Traditional Mass.
Reaction to this description has been swift and highly critical. The very reasonable Pat Archbold at CMR was rather incensed:
Besides being completely wrong, that the Pope is so disrespectful of the reasonable desires of so many good and faithful Catholics it is staggering in its coarseness and dismissiveness.
Not to mention, such an attitude is diametrically opposed to the attitudes and pronouncement of his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
The devotion of the younger generation to the traditional Mass has nothing whatsoever to do with fashion; it has to do with a deep seated desire for authentic Catholic worship, unencumbered by anthropocentrism, protestantism and modernism.
As a matter of fact, Pope Francis has it exactly backwards.
The less-than-fifty year old rite invented by the Consilium and mercilessly inflicted upon the Church by Pope Paul VI, that is merely a fashion, and a passing one at that.
If the witness of the last eleven months tells us anything at all about this pope, it’s that he has no interest whatsoever in taking on the “smell of traditional Catholic sheep.”
Pat Archbold and a few others seem most concerned at the perceived huge shift between Benedict XVI’s appreciation of the TLM, and Francis’ apparently disregard for it. That perception may or may not be completely valid, as Codgitator notes, but I also don’t think it matters very much.
As for Pope Francis’ comment – look, does he have to put up a billboard? He’s been very clear in his feelings on those attached to the TLM. So, I dont’ get too surprised when I see something like this. I think his description of the attachment to the TLM as being an adolescent fashion says far more about the Pope than it does about anything else. It says he doesn’t know us, and isn’t particularly interested in getting to know us.
OK, duly noted. Let’s move along sharing the great benefits of the TLM and Tradition with others, and strive not to get too bogged down in these little slights. Yes, it might hurt coming from the pope, but we’re going to have to get used to it. Francis is the first pope of the post-conciliar generation, and that generation lasted at least 20 years. We’ll probably have another pope or two of almost the exact same mindset, unless we are extraordinarily blessed. So just pray for him, go about your business, and do your best not to get upset about these little digs and slights. They are meaningless.
Just pray none of the truly important things are affected or messed around with. Doctrinal things. Like this upcoming Synod. Or the revisions to canon law.
Meanwhile, 15 new subdeacons were ordained by the FSSP. Long live the revolution!