The blogosphere is somewhat abuzz over this statement that the pope wants the Tridentine Mass in every parish. Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (in the miter, right) said the pope is asking seminaries to train new priests in both rites. That would be a most interesting exercise.
But this was a money quote:
The cardinal said parishes could use catechism classes to prepare Catholics to celebrate such Masses every Sunday so they could “appreciate the power of the silence, the power of the sacred way in front of God, the deep theology, to discover how and why the priest represents the person of Christ and to pray with the priest.”
Silence? Good liturgy already includes that, unless he means the silent spectators of the old rite. Deep theology? What could possibly be deeper than God making himself present to his people?
I’d like to be fair to the cardinal on these clips of quotes taken out of context, but what about this notion that the experience of good liturgy can be prepared in the classroom? The smoke of rationalism seems to have permeated into the traditionalist camp.
I have few doubts the pope would really want this, I guess. I’d really want choirs at every parish liturgy, plus full music at daily morning and evening prayer, too. I don’t think I’m going to get what I want in liturgy, but I can still work for the day it could happen.
As for the 1962 Mass in every parish, I think there’s a lot of convincing to be done than the cardinal saying it’s “absolute ignorance” to think this is turning the clock back.