Here’s one from the pot, kettle, black department. Let me say up front that as a liturgist, I’m skeptical about the “special group” Mass. If I worked in a parish that had success of sorts with it, I wouldn’t campaign for a change. I do know that many groups have a healthy liturgical history of special Masses. But sometimes it’s not such a good idea.
Do you remember last month’s row over Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor’s endorsement of twice-monthly Masses for gay and lesbian Catholics of London’s West End? Some British Catholics weren’t happy.
“Homosexuals can attend their own parish church, so having a separate and distinct Mass looks like they are trying to make a statement,” said Michael Akerman, of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, a traditionalist Catholic group.
I suppose that Catholics leaving their parish to go Tridentine aren’t?