Commenting on unfortunate developments in the Church where there is suppression of the 1962 Roman Missal, Father Z throws water on the sober suggestion (and critique of those suppressing the 1962 Roman Missal) that the modern Roman Missal be celebrated in a traditional way.
This is what Father Z writes:
Ironically, even at Jesuit-run there are thoughts about how “excessive restrictions on the Latin Mass could push away some ordinary Catholics”. That’s an article title! The well-intentioned author gets pretty much mired in the externals of the two Rites, Vetus and Novus, and thinks that just by dressing the Novus Ordo in traditional trappings, that ought to be enough, the answer to everything. What he doesn’t understand is that the differences are far deeper. But this isn’t the time or place for that.
I agree that when it came to the reform of the 1962 Roman Missal, the baby may have been thrown out with the bathwater. All that was needed would have been a modest reform. The 1965 Roman Missal would have been good enough (although the lectionary was not expanded in that edition). But that’s water under the bridge and the more radical traditionalists don’t like the 1965 Missal.
But the suppression of the 1962 Roman Missal, while wrong headed by this pope, is what it is. And to defy this pope will have pre-Vatican II authoritarian repercussions.
Father Z is simply wrong on the pastoral level. We can’t push people to the SSPX, although many will migrate to them. In my mind, that’s better than becoming Eastern Orthodox or Protestant or Nones.
But if we can make the Modern Missal feel and look traditional, what in the Name of God and all that is Holy is wrong with that given the unfortunate reality of what is happening?
And if traditionalists stay within the context of a dysfunctional leadership as it concerns the pastoral needs of traditionalists, perhaps a more moderate and compassionate and sympathetic pope, although progressive, will be truly liberal as Pope Emeritus Benedict is, and allow a pastoral compromise once again by reinstating Summorum Pontificum. What Pope Francis has shown is that one pope can undo what another pope or even an Ecumenical Council has taught.
If you have your leg amputated, you will gladly accept a prosthetic even though it is no where as good as the leg removed. No one is going to wait for scientists to find a way for you to grow a new leg that is just as good as the one that was removed in the accident you experienced.
And we are at a crossroads. Do we want traditionalists to become schismatic? Do traditionalists want to become schismatic and form yet another denomination and call it the true Church like the original Protestants did?