We fear that re-embracing the Latin Mass could undermine the liturgical reforms that undergird the spiritual and theological developments of the Second Vatican Council. Changes that will set off our alarms include:
- Reconfiguring seminary curricula to focus time, resources and talent on training priests to offer Mass and other sacraments in Latin and away from training that would support celebrating the sacraments in the vernacular.
- Cutting back on seminary training on pastoral duties, such as counseling and chaplaincies.
- Restricting church design and architecture in favor of old forms not conducive to the guidelines in liturgical documents written in the last 20 years.
- Discouraging efforts to use contemporary music and other artistic expressions in liturgy.
- Increasing restrictions on liturgical ministries open to all laypeople, men and women.
Some of us fear; some of us pray.
And in this article, we have some woman in Colorado Springs complaining that the traddies there preferred the company of other traddies, and preferred the old organic calendar to the "on the spot product" manufactured a few years ago, and preferred that church architecture.be....well....traditional. And she goes on to use a "we all celebrate Dad's birthday a different day" analogy. Well, of course, that's quite compelling, until you realize that Dad birthday is when it is, and SOMEBODY changed it.