A reader sent me the link to the WDTPRS site and a 200-plus comment thread on the second confiteor in the 1962 Missal. For all the fussing about “say the black, do the red,” this seems rather a complex issue around which for the traditionalists to wrap their birettas and mantillas.
Really, it is most imprudent to bring up disputed questions of rubrics in the 1962 missal right now! We have just had a new Good Friday prayer implemented, Summorum Pontificum has barely been in force for 4 months and there is still much great opposition to overcome.
Seems to me they said the same thing about the late 60’s weirdness. We let it go and what did it get us?
Liturgical abuses in the 1962 rite pale into insignificance compared with what happens in the Novus Ordo.
Then we get the pastoral approach:
But we need to tread lightly for fear we may be treading on souls.
Unless, of course, they dance or clown around during liturgy. In which case, it’s fire, aim, ready.
And a comment from the cassocked crowd:
As a young priest who is learning the ER I find this whole conversation rather disappointing. I already have enough bickering and garbage to deal with … but this kind of rabid bickering is disappointing at best, God forbid I make the tiniest infraction against the reasoned preferences of the likes of many of you.
Yes, Father, God indeed help you. A whole culture of complaint has been nurtured and now it all comes out in the open. I’m sure Pope Benedict is deeply edified by this kind of bickering.
It sounds like that second confiteor is more needed before and after Mass.