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Submitted by Anne (not verified) on

How could it damage unity, to celebrate a liturgy which unites people of every language and culture and socio-economic status in one identical form of divine worship?

Submitted by Teenage Catholic (not verified) on

Something disuniting would certainly be harmful.

"What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too,
and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful."
-Pope Benedict XVI

I think His Holiness is very clear that the Extraordinary form of the Mass is not harmful.

Submitted by FrJPS (not verified) on

In an era where we increasingly are exposed to various forms of Catholic worship, whether they be devotions and sacramentals from Central or South America, the Pacific Islands, or Asia, what could the harm of worshiping according to the Extraordinary Form do to the unity of the Church? Really?

The Byzantine Rite has stood alongside the Ordinary Form for 40 years, and no good Catholic in his or her right mind would advocate for its revokation.

In the name of inculturation, priests wear tie-dye and Hawaiian leis or sombreros, but they are ridiculed for wearing a biretta? Please. At least one of the above is within the centuries-old practice of the Church.

If, indeed, nobody wants the Extraordinary form then let it die a natural death. Or is Mr. Rosean threatened by the fact of the number who ARE attending this (authoritatively approved) form of worship?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The Latin Mass, as practiced today has enormous value. It is one more way for people to connect to the Church. Some people appreciate history and the fact that we had a lingua franca in Latin for so many centuries. It acted as a unifying force and helped promote literacy and communication all over Europe during a time when few people were literate. It's not everybody's choice, but what's not to like about having some respect for the value of our own history?

Submitted by taad (not verified) on

Disunity is created when we try to stir up disunity against the Holy Father and the direction he is going.

Pope Benedict says it all. I stand with him and all the popes before him. I stand against the US Catholic Magazine!

"What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too,
and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful."
-Pope Benedict XVI

Submitted by PopeBenedictGen... (not verified) on

I take particular objection to his use of the term "nostalgic".

I was born in 1989. I did not have a chance to experience the traditional Roman Rite of the Mass until I was fourteen. I was struck by the intrinsic beauty, solemnity, and TRUTH of the Mass - the Mass which, like a monstrance, glorifies and elevates the environment, making it worthy to be the receptacle for the presence of Our Lord as He is sacrificed in the unbloody offering to God the Father.

At the Tridentine Mass, I feel that I am practicing religion - the religion of my forefathers and the religion of the eternal Church; the same religion that I experience at the (externally very, very different) Divine Liturgies of the Maronites and the Byzantine Catholics. At the Novus Ordo Mass, I have lost both any sense of the sacred and any solidarity with the Church of the Eastern Rites and the entire Church before 1969.

It is the aging hippies at the Novus Ordo Mass who are nostalgic - for the 1960s. Their liturgy breathes the atmosphere of that decade. I was not alive back then. I have reason to be attached to that decade. I long for the full, universal restoration of the eternal form of the Mass.

Submitted by cathy in san diego (not verified) on

In addition to all the spot-on points already made by other posters regarding the legitimacy, reverence, trancendance, and faith-instilling qualities of the traditional Mass, I just want to add one additional comment on the specific question of promoting unity in the Church.
Perhaps the question was raised in the context of parish harmony, but the fact is that in this shrinking world where migration of peoples and the interaction of cultures, races and languages is a reality, nothing has more potential to unite Catholics everything than the traditional Mass. Its common ancient language, precise prayers,and fixed rubrics make it something profoundly shared by people different in every other way. I have seldom seen as deep a spirit of true unit among people as when an otherwise diverse group of people are worshipping together at a TLM. It is also a welcome and familiar friend when traveling in distant lands, or being encountered in readingi the lives of saints removed by many centuries from our own time. It is a foretaste of the "Communion of Saints" on earth.

Submitted by cathy in san diego (not verified) on

In addition to all the spot-on points already made by other posters regarding the legitimacy, reverence, trancendance, and faith-instilling qualities of the traditional Mass, I just want to add one additional comment on the specific question of promoting unity in the Church.
Perhaps the question was raised in the context of parish harmony, but the fact is that in this shrinking world where migration of peoples and the interaction of cultures, races and languages is a reality, nothing has more potential to unite Catholics everything than the traditional Mass. Its common ancient language, precise prayers,and fixed rubrics make it something profoundly shared by people different in every other way. I have seldom seen as deep a spirit of true unit among people as when an otherwise diverse group of people are worshipping together at a TLM. It is also a welcome and familiar friend when traveling in distant lands, or being encountered in readingi the lives of saints removed by many centuries from our own time. It is a foretaste of the "Communion of Saints" on earth.

Submitted by Lee Conn (not verified) on

Cathy,

Thank you for this comment. This is the reason that for over one thousand years the Catholic Faith maintained Western culture from disintegration from within and attack from without. Someone from Ireland could pray with his Christian brothers in Spain, Italy, Poland, and as far away as Japan by the sixteenth century. Thank you for pointing out that the Mass is for all the people, not just pretend cool aging hippie Americans.

Lee Conn

Submitted by Warren Goddard (not verified) on

Catholic unity was undermined forty years ago by Pope PaulVI's valid new rite of Mass which is Protestant in structure and theology.
Warren Goddard

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