An interesting take on Traditionis Custodes at NCRep. Professor Weiss suggests the communities are the problem, not the Latin. Some of her suggestions wouldn’t go down well in mainstream parishes, and a few do impact a liturgy whose advocates say tie their hands:

What if, instead of restricting the traditional rite according to the discretion of a bishop, the pope were to set up specific guidelines for any parish interested in celebrating the old rite? If a parish truly is committed to the teachings of the Gospel and the universality of Catholicism, they should live it out.

  • to implement anti-racism programs in their parishes, following the example of other parishes that have done so.
  • They could also make a point of rejecting gender inequality by having inclusive Masses with women lectors and servers, rather than turning liturgy into a celebration of patriarchal power.
  • Pastors who want to preside over traditional liturgy should also be encouraged to preach on social justice. These parishes should give financial support to programs that house and feed the less fortunate.
  • To combat the evil of homophobia, they could promote outreach programs to LGBTQ persons who have felt shunned and rejected by their faith communities.

#2 would be a big obstacle for some people with whom I’ve spoken. I do think the liturgy itself is a problem on these fronts, and this is what I think the TLM needs:

  • readings in the vernacular, as TC directs.
  • the Low Mass must go soon. It has nothing to offer the modern Roman Rite and a lot of leftover in terms of its vibe of get things done with as little fuss as possible. At the very least, no Low Mass on Sundays and major feasts.

Otherwise, it is really up to the local bishop to address Professor Weiss’s concerns, which are decidedly North American/European things. Not a universal Church thing.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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