Jul 8, 2007

It is PHONY to say nobody wants the Tridentine Latin Mass

You can always count on liberals to be predictable...and wrong. Case in point is Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony's spokesman Tod Tamberg.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our pastor sang the KYRIE and AGNUS DEI today at Sunday Mass because the Pope "said we could use Latin>" He always does it at weekly Mass....this is in LA

3:36 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...

The problem is that people like Mahoney say that the faithful don't want this.

However, a lot of the faithful have never been to one and some have not even thought about it.

That's like US government banning let's say Italian wine for 40 years and saying the US citizens don't want it. Well how do you know if most have not tasted it?

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
I hope your pastor knows that the Kyrie is in Greek.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no way of knowing how many Los Angeles Catholics want the Tridentine Mass because heretofore it has been so controlled by the Archdiocese. The neat thing about Pope Benedict's decree is that decisions about the celebration of the Tridentine Mass are now a matter for the parish pastor, not the bishop. The bishop can't really stop it.

By the way, I was at a Tridentine Mass at a Bakersfield parish church this morning where there were about 250 people present. So the "650" number for the whole Archdiocese of L.A. is phony.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuation of previous post: By the 650 number being phony, I meant to say that it is no measure of what a freed-up Tridentine Mass would attract in Los Angeles.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Anyone else notice that The Tidings:
http://www.the-tidings.com/ has not found the issuance of the SP newsworthy? FWIW, I've just sent the editor an email letting him know of the "oversight." I also plan on writing the Cardinal and hope many others join me.

650 indeed!

Paul in Long Beach

12:13 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 3:36 p.m.,

Thanks very much for the great and fun report about your pastor. He must be really nice.

P.S. to others: Yes, of course that pastor knows the Kyrie is Greek.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Alexander,

Thanks for the good analogy about people not having had a chance to know what the Tridentine Latin Mass is like.

Let's start lobbying for its celebration.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 11:10 and 11:14,

Yes, I couldn't agree with you more that there are many people who would love to have the Tridentine Latin Mass available!

May that happen, and soon.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Paul in Long Beach,

As you mention in another psot, The Tidings will cover the MP next issue.

But how come the Archdiocese's website does not have a statement about Summorum Pontificum yet?

11:06 PM  
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4:52 PM  

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