Mark Shea takes aim at those he finds emotionally challenged in the reform2 crew. Predictable fallout ensues.
It is hard for any person or group who is persecuted or feels persecuted to avoid the emotion. But as the pop psychologists (and others) say, it’s more about what you do with anger than anything else. Some people find that channeling strong emotion into work is a balm for inner turmoil. Personally speaking, I can’t say I ever found it helpful from a competitive standpoint. When my high school chess team went 2-11 my sophomore year (winning only when one other team didn’t show up and another time when the opposing school double-booked a match and we played against the junior high team) it certainly spiked my anger and frustration. I spent a long spring and summer studying quietly in my room. We rose to third in the state the next two years not because of anger, but persistent effort.
Traditionalists have been hampered by the expectation that cultural salvation will be legislated from Rome. When they criticize Vatican II they reveal their lack of understanding of how the shifts in culture have left them high and dry. Were they learning chant and polyphony while the TLM was in the pipeline? Were they gathering for morning and evening prayer to pray if the clergy were unresponsive to requests for Latin Masses or more tradition? My personal experience with traditionalists has been almost entirely on the internet. I’ve known two Catholics who took a positive approach. I’ve read the names of dozens who found it easier to lobby their friends to sign off on a moratorium. Attack and insult may be de rigueur in Republican (and other) politics and media, but it does not merit you sainthood.
Anger seems to be a forthright emotion, but perhaps its long-ranging effects are very subtle. One always needs someone or something to be against. It is hard to be proactive and positive. In the system of 1962 worship, it is hard enough for lay people to take initiative–all is dependent on the clergy and authority. Taking initiative might reveal something of the spirit of Vatican II.
The choices people make show their true colors. Take this Y— flap. Count on any single internet site–go to NLM if you wish. How many Dan Schutte attackers have their own setting of Domine probasti me to suggest as an alternative to “You Are Near?” I could understand if someone said, “Oh, the Peter Phillips setting from the late 1500′s is so much nicer.”
Instead, we have the angry Hermeneutic of Subtraction at work. Such folks are not unknown in parishes. They oppose much, but they are leery of offering their own work or suggesting alternatives. And who could blame them? With the anger trotting around in some circles, they’re as likely as anyone to get their heads bitten off. Let’s see if Mark can keep his on today at IC.