My lovely wife, that is, who sent me the following letter published (of course) by the St. Louis Review, with her commentary. Nice to get a day off of blogging.
Editor: Regarding your Jan. 11 article concerning seminarians learning how to celebrate Mass in various ways, I am concerned that this is causing a rift within the Catholic Church.
I do not think that Catholics out in the parishes understand the need for this type of Mass to be celebrated. Since it must be celebrated in a location where the altar is turned around and there is a communion rail, these changes cost money. Who must pay for the changes? In a parish this could cause resentment by members who are not going to participate in this type of service and do not want to pay for it.
In this difficult time in the world, my faith is important. I would like the Catholic Church to grow closer together rather than having little groups doing something different that the Church got away from well more than 40 years ago. The current Mass is very meaningful to me personally, and I am sure the reason for this is because it is in English.
(name withheld by Saint Louis Catholic)
Where do you begin with this sort of thing? First of all, doesn’t she know that this is something the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ, fully supports and encourages? Doesn’t she trust him? Maybe part of the problem is that the majority of Catholics get their information about the Church from secular media sound bites.
If she’s worried about the “cost” this would entail for her parish and the fact that some might not want to pay for it, what about other parish activities that she’s not a part of that the parish still supports financially? Plus, we both know that it doesn’t take much to make an altar suitable for the Traditional Mass.
I also wonder if she is upset by all the Spanish-,Czech-, Polish- and other language Masses (held here in our English-speaking country) that are also “little groups doing something different”. I can’t think of a single time that I’ve ever heard someone complain about those groups dividing the Church.
Why do so many people find it so hard to accept that the Traditional Mass is not going to harm the Church? Why do they think that it would? I just don’t understand!