Rorate Caeli has a rather disturbing, but unsurprising, post concerning the Holy Father’s view of the traditional Mass and the younger generation’s attachment to it.
Speaking to the Bishops of the Czech Republic during their recent ad limina visit, the pope said (according to Archbishop Jan Graubner who was present):
…he cannot understand the younger generation wishing to return to it [the ancient liturgy]. “When I search more thoroughly – the Pope said – I find that it is rather a kind of fashion. And if it is a fashion, therefore it is a matter that does not need that much attention. It is just necessary to show some patience and kindness to people who are addicted to a certain fashion. But I consider greatly important to go deep into things, because if we do not go deep, no liturgical form, this or that one, can save us.“
“Search more thoroughly…” Really?
I wonder exactly where this thorough search took place. If it was in His Holiness’ former See, the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, perhaps that’s the problem.
Had he visited and searched a different diocese, you know… one with a healthy liturgical life wherein the traditional Mass is routinely made available to the faithful, he would have discovered what most everyone reading this blog already knows:
The devotion of the younger generation to the traditional Mass has nothing whatsoever to do with fashion; it has to do with a deep seated desire for authentic Catholic worship, unencumbered by anthropocentrism, protestantism and modernism.
As a matter of fact, Pope Francis has it exactly backwards.
The less-than-fifty year old rite invented by the Consilium and mercilessly inflicted upon the Church by Pope Paul VI, that is merely a fashion, and a passing one at that.
If the witness of the last eleven months tells us anything at all about this pope, it’s that he has no interest whatsoever in taking on the “smell of traditional Catholic sheep.”
They represent the solitary group toward which he has demonstrated exactly no “patience and kindness” whatsoever, choosing instead to belittle their spiritual offerings while hurling insults at them at every possible opportunity.
Either Archbishop Graubner’s recollection is seriously flawed, or he and his brother bishops just had their collective legs pulled.