The ancient patrimony of this Mass, and its universality for centuries, mean nothing to the shortsighted liberals, though, and to them are even reasons to shun it.
These thoughts came to mind when I read "Ite, Missa Est," an article (click on this post's title) by Valerie Schmalz in the February 17, 2008, issue of the National Catholic Register. This news story is about the Latin Mass catching on at Notre Dame and other Catholic colleges and universities.
One paragraph in the article jumped out because of a quote in it. Here is the paragraph:
"On the East Coast, at Fordham, Jesuit Father Joseph Currie, director of campus ministry, said the university offers the Mass once a month in deference to the Pope and the desire of students who formed a Facebook group to request it. 'We are giving it a chance to catch on,' Father Currie said. 'If it is of God, it will last. If it is not of God, it will go on its way.'"
Now, presumably the "If it is not of God" part of the quote is accurate. But probably Father Currie did not mean that the way it sounds, and probably he wishes he could retract and restate those words. And after all, he is allowing the Latin Mass, as the Holy Father has asked.
By his words he might well mean that permitting the Mass of the Ages on a Catholic campus is "of God" and will "catch on." But still, it would have been nice if he had just left out the confusing "If it is not of God" part.