Rock is naturally all over this development, rumored for weeks now, that Pope Benedict would alter the Good Friday prayer for Jews. One might think that after Summorum Pontificum, a spirit of serenity and obedience would wash over TLM advocates. Not from what I’ve read.
“Bowing to the winds of political correctness” and “rattles the cage of traditionalists” (a curious phrasing, to picture oneself in prison … still) and lots of other squirming about the change not “feeling” official, or the “cave in” and the like.
A few things:
A relatively minor change (many Jewish commentators are still offended by it) that comes up once a year is a target of a lot of huffiness. Too many TLM advocates have been in an acrimonious mood for too long, I think. It convinces me that Summorum Pontificum was likely a spiritual mistake.
It’s hard to see what the pope has accomplished. The only people who seem “serene” about the change are those who see it as a challenge to the virtue of obedience. Mainstream Catholics have our own prayers. As for Jewish complainers, let’s keep in mind that the context of this prayer for them is not the Roman liturgy, but the behaviors and attitudes of Christians toward Jews for centuries. Does that seem unfair? Lots of Jews would tell you to take a number.
This is a good test for the receptivity of Catholic traditionalists, both those in schism and those in union. The comments I’ve seen indicate the grade is running somewhere around a “D.” Nice going. Mainstream Catholic music publishers have been dishing out chant and Latin for the Roman Rite for three decades at least. Traditionalists get their knickers in a twist about one minor and (some would say) unsatisfactory revision of a single prayer used once a year. I see that kind of thing now and then, too, but I’m the parent of a pre-adolescent. Time to grow up, I think. Time for a reform of the 1962 Missal, too: a serious one. Then we’ll see where people fall on the Catholic side of things.