Feb 28, 2009

"Nostalgia" is not why Catholics love the Latin Mass

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston this past week referred to "nostalgia" as the reason Catholics want the Latin Mass back.

Sorry, Your Eminence, but "nostalgia" plays ZERO part in why I and many other Catholics love the Latin Mass, including many people younger than 40 or so who have known only Mass in the vernacular and could not be "nostalgic" for a Mass they have never been permitted to have.

We love the Latin Mass for its own sake, for its inherent reverence and for all the Catholic elements in it that were removed from the "New" Mass. Sure, the New Mass is Catholic and entirely sufficient, of course -- but when Catholics attend the Latin Mass they see what else is possible.

That is not "nostalgia."

The hostility and the dismissiveness that too many in the hierarchy and the clergy have toward the Latin Mass cannot be good for the Church and are not what Pope Benedict XVI wants.


Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Amen Q, being born in 1985, the only thing I knew prior to SP was the NO in the vernacular...and the various abuses.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Dear L.A. Catholic Bolg

You will be saddened to read Cardinal Mahony's statement today to the concerning his view of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form. His statement is contrary to that of Magesterium and hurtful to many in the L.A. archdiocese whoattend Mass in the Extraordinary for the very same reasons that many Catholics have for centuries, and hopefully will for centuries to come. Here's the link at Fr. Z's blog March 1st where the Cardinal Mahony's statement is posted:


2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said!

10:09 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Joe of St. Therese,

Thanks for writing!

12:58 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Nancy,

Thanks very much for the tip and for being so alert! And thanks for the link to Fr. Z's blogspot, which has a link to the REC's web page with the transcript of the chat session.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 10:09 p.m.,

Thanks for the kind words!

12:59 AM  

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