My family moved to Atlanta in 1956 and Augusta in 1960. My mother did not drive and thus we lived on a city bus line and rode the bus frequently until about 1967. I would say taking the bus downtown happened several days a week. How Pope Francis has stereotyped and categorized traditional Catholics who are attached to the Latin Mass reminds me of what the south thought of and did to blacks. I could easily have been on that bus pictured below:
What strikes me most about today’s Motu Proprio is that it seems so unnecessarily mean-spirited not only to those attached to this Mass and let me clear it is the Mass and accomplishes exactly what the OF Mass accomplishes, but also how insulting this is to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, shockingly so.
Those who are faithful Catholics and not rabble rousers and simply prefer the Tridentine Mass are being treated as second class citizens, almost like blacks were treated in the south prior to desegregation. It was a disgrace the enforced sitting at the back of the bus, drinking from separate water fountains and eating at segregated restaurant counters. I remember those days quite well and there is a parallel to what has occurred today.
Fortunately bishops are coming forward with some compassion and that is deeply appreciated. I copy this round-up of bishops’ reactions from Fr. Z’s blog: