As everyone who reads my blog knows, I love both forms of the Mass when both forms are celebrated well. The EF Mass is sublime in its dignity, history/tradition and the reverence for the Almighty that it enables within both the clergy and laity. That is truly sublime.
But as you, who read my blog know, the ridiculous thing is that so many who attend the EF Mass, while appreciating its dignity, stability, predictability and reverence, define themselves not so much in terms of all of the positive attributes about being a Roman Catholic of the Latin Rite, but by that which they hate or despise both religious and political.
They despise the OF Mass even when celebrated by the book with its options and the laity taking specific roles not allowed in the EF.
They despise priests and bishops who promote the Church’s social teaching when that teaching challenges their political opinions and affiliations. Immigration, ecology and pastoral inclusivity which calls for conversion and reconciliation come to mind. Taking care of one’s body, property and the planet are not political issues but at the heart of Catholic morality!
There seems to be contempt for the Pope, bishops lower clergy and laity who might be a bit more progressive, prefer the Ordinary Form celebrated by the book with all its options and promote social justice and love for all people including the most heinous sinners, like those on death row.
Anger is the fire in their belly and fear combined with that is their source of energy.
A parish that celebrates both forms of the Mass well and there is interaction between the various Masses of the parish is the way to go. Social justice and inclusivity which enables repentance and conversion should not be the enemy of those who attend the EF Mass.
And more actual participation in both forms, meaning internal and external should be the common goal of both forms and enabled by the clergy and laity who celebrate both forms.
It really isn’t that difficult
And finally, the most ridiculous and far fetched aspect of those who love the EF Mass, live delusional lives if they think the EF Missal will become the norm of the Church again and the OF suppressed by a future pope. IT AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN. The OF Mass may well be revised in a way I have described many times before to make it more like the EF Mass but the OF Mass will remain and it will remain the normative Mass of the Latin Rite. PERIOD!
And my second final point is that while many younger Catholics are attending the EF Mass and there is growth, the number attending the EF Mass is minute compared to the number of Catholics who still attend Mass. The EF Mass is not winning back fallen away Catholics. They, for the most part, despise the Church, her sexual teachings and Humanae vitae. That’s why they no longer practice the Faith not because of how poorly the OF Mass is celebrated.