Pope Benedict XVI issues a Motu Proprio -- Summorum Pontificum -- and explanatory letter in which he praises the Tridentine Latin Mass and urges wider celebration of it.
So what does His Eminence Cardinal Mahony's spokesman immediately do? Throw cold water on it, and misrepresent the entire situation, too.
You can see Tamberg's quote in today's Los Angeles Times article about Summorum Pontificum(click on this post's title):
"'The appeal of a Mass only in Latin is quite limited,' said Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, the largest in the U.S. His office estimates that about 650 people attend Latin Masses in the archdiocese each month."
But didn't His Eminence say not too long ago that he thinks only 1% or so of Catholics want the Tridentine Latin Mass? In an Archdiocese of several million, that 1% would constitute not "650" but tens of thousands. The Cardinal's spokesman's office had better get in sync with his boss.
How could a Mass that sustained the Church Universal for more than a millennium and was deeply loved by the faithful in all circumstances and in all the world suddenly have "limited appeal?"
The truth is, the Tridentine Latin Mass has "limited appeal" only to liberals and those unfortunates whom they have misled and dumbed down for the past 40 years. Given a fair chance, the faithful today, just as always, will love the Mass of the Ages.
But will the liberals give the Tridentine Latin Mass a fair chance? They have not, for 40 years, and Cardinal Roger Mahony's spokesman Tod Tamberg sure does not sound inclined to.