I have written it before and I will write it again, Vatican II was implemented by Pope Paul VI in the most authoritarian pre-Vatican II way possible. The suppression of the pre-Vatican II Mass was ruthless and again in the most pre-Vatican II authoritarian way possible.
Pope Francis, who accuses young Catholics who have no recollection of what the pre-Vatican II Church and Mass were like and thus can’t have an actual nostalgia for it, accuses them nonetheless of being motivated by nostalgia, often betrays his own predilections and psychological issues by projecting onto others what His Holiness himself is. In this regard, the true nostalgia that is actually disordered, is His Holiness’ nostalgia for the heady days of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s prior to the election of Popes John Paul I and II. This is truly what Pope Francis desires, a nostalgic return to this period of Church history and to move forward from that point. But I digress.
Pope Francis’ recent and unreasonable suppression of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict’s liberal and flexible permission for the older form of the Roman Rite is precisely a return to the immediate aftermath of Vatican II when the Church in the most pre-Vatican II authoritarian and rigid way imposed the post-Vatican II vision of the Church and Liturgy upon rank and file clergy and laity.
And those of like mind in the clergy and religious then in a dictatorial way insisted that all Catholics be lock stepped in following the authoritarian mandates of Vatican II as they perceived it. You as a Catholic would be supervised at Mass. If you did not sing, you might have a hymnal shoved into your hand, which I saw a priest of our diocese do in the early 80’s. You might even be barred from entering the church for Mass if you were late or publicly called out from the altar by the priest if you chose to leave early. Shaming and humiliating those who did not follow the dictatorial mandates of those authoritarians in power was the modus operandi.
Pope Francis in His Holiness’ nostalgia for the 1960’s and 70’s continues this tradition of shaming and humiliating clergy and laity who prefer the older books of the one Roman Rite. It has to stop or the Church and the papacy will be irreparably harmed.