I agree. Fr. Z went and removed those comments that turned up on his site (WDTPRS) and I think the Rorate Caeli people should do the same.
I wasn't thrilled when the name Bergoglio was announced, but I read some more about him and I can't see anything to be hysterical about; and furthermore, he won me over immediately with his prayerful appearance.
Aside from the scandal given by the ugly remarks on Rorate and similar blogs, it makes it pretty clear why "traditionalists" don't have a lot of friends in some dioceses. If that's their attitude...
...he won me over immediately with his prayerful appearance.Yes, we agree; a humble and holy warrior. I wonder how many from outside the faith (or fallen away) decided (during that hour from smoke 'til he spoke) to learn more about, or return to, the Catholic Church.
I do know that Fr. Z had criticized Card. Sodano just two or three days ago for his homily talking about how the new Pope needs to be a friend for the poor (I am paraphrasing). Now, apparently, he has completely done a 180.
Yes, it's really too bad. As a "traditionalist" myself, I've encountered this hostile attitude firsthand. The worst display I've ever seen happened one Sunday morning (before the motu proprio was issued) when it was announced that a novus ordo had to be substituted for the indult mass because the regular priest couldn't make it. Some of those in attendance dashed out the door, a few actually swearing in front of our young kids! Embarrassing.
It's unfortunate that a relatively few loud but misguided people end up creating such a poor impression of tradition-loving Catholics.