Skip to comments.Pope Francis on the young who like Latin Mass: ‘Why so much rigidity?’
Posted on 11/13/2016 2:12:14 PM PST by Morgana
In a new interview, Pope Francis criticized the "rigidity" of young people who are attached to the Traditional Latin Mass.
"I always try to understand what's behind people who are too young to have experienced the pre-conciliar liturgy and yet still they want it," the pontiff said. "Sometimes I found myself confronted with a very strict person, with an attitude of rigidity. And I ask myself: Why so much rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else. Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid."
Pope Francis frequently criticizes faithful Catholics using this type of rhetoric. He has blasted the "excessive rigidity" of Catholics who believe in moral absolutes.
Traditionalists with their hostile inflexibility, fail to allow themselves to be surprised by God, he said in 2014.
In the same interview, Pope Francis said Vatican II's major liturgical changes "should carry on as they are."
"To speak of the 'reform of the reform' is a mistake," he said.
The "reform of the reform" is an expression inspired by Pope Benedict XVI to refer to a reform of the post-Vatican II liturgy that would make it more closely aligned with Catholic liturgical tradition.
Following the Second Vatican Council, it was widely and errantly believed that the Old Rite of the Mass had been abolished or forbidden. In his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI clarified that both the Ordinary Form (post-Vatican II Mass) and Extraordinary Form (Mass according to the 1962 missal) of the liturgy are permitted and "there is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal."
"In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture," Pope Benedict wrote. "What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful." Image The annual Blessed Karl Mass is widely attended by young Catholics in the eastern United States.
In the new interview, however, Francis describes Benedict's actions as an "exception" that was "magnanimous."
Pope Benedict extended a "fair and magnanimous gesture to meet a certain mentality of some groups and people who had nostalgia. ... But it is an exception," Pope Francis said.
In an essay on why she likes the Traditional Latin Mass, teenaged Anya Proctor wrote that she was driven to it by "weird" homilies about "other religions, the gospel of Judas, funny stories in the newspaper, irrelevant anecdotes, and even blatant heresies" and "a priest using props on the altar to demonstrate his homilyas if we were all five-year-olds."
At the Traditional Latin Mass, "I came to know God," Proctor continued. "I got to fully experience Christ Incarnate in flesh and blood, on my knees, deep in silence and prayer to meditate on his union with me as he was placed reverently on my tongue by his holy servant. I closed my eyes when I received Jesus. I felt physically, spiritually, and emotionally transformed. Many times in the Cathedral, tears have come to me as I have prayed and focused on Jesuss love and sacrifice for me."
"Mass is not intended to celebrate people," Proctor wrote. "Thats for luncheons, birthday parties, and maybe youth groupsbut not Mass. The Mass is for the Lord. The Mass is where the priest is so reverent he faces the Lord, not the people, so that they dont focus on him, but only on Christ."
Juventutem ("youth" in Latin), an international federation of young people who attend and promote the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, has chapters around the world.
"We are a group of Catholic young adults who seek to implement Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese of Washington," Juventutem's Washington, DC chapter explains. "We love the traditional Roman liturgy and seek to share it with the Church and the world. Come pray with us!"
Juventutem's Boston chapter "promotes the sanctification of youth by means of the traditions of the Catholic Church, faithful to the Churchs teaching and her authorities, and in spiritual union with those young people throughout the world who share our aspirations...Juventutem Boston also dedicates itself to an intercessory apostolate, praying with and for our Bishops and Priests in union with His Holiness Pope Francis."
Six hundred young adults attended traditional liturgies at World Youth Day this year.
Dude, Latin was great! They had five cases, they had the ablative absolute, they had gerunds and gerundives. What’s not to like?
Go back to Latin America, Francis. The Cardinals made a mistake.
Well, morals ARE absolute.
If I were Catholic I'd be very disappointed in this guy...
I had to laugh today when a freeper, in response to an obvious truth wrote:
Is the Pope Communist?
Sad, of course, but funny because all humor is founded on truth.
Show off! I barely passed Latin in school except for the kindness of Mr. O’Hale!
Where is Archbishop Gilday???
Amen. A non biblical, cultural reflection from a Millenia ago. Not required to worship in spirit and truth.
Pope Peronista I speaks.
Not Catholic, but this guy is a total embarrassment to the Church.
OK Pope - the fluidity of the novus ordo that results in banal and dreadful liturgies suffering at the whim of every clueless “liturgical” director is better?
Really? I don’t think so ... I have been at dreadful masses - flat tone deaf cantors singing ditties on cheap microphones.
Lex orandi lex credendi.
This Pope is a clueless fool.
As a Latin mass attendee, I say, “Thanks, Frank. We love you too.”
“Pope Francis frequently criticizes faithful Catholics using this type of rhetoric. He has blasted the “excessive rigidity” of Catholics who believe in moral absolutes.
Traditionalists with their hostile inflexibility, fail to allow themselves to be surprised by God, he said in 2014.”
If Francis continues on his path to apostasy he’ll be very surprised by God when he’s called to account for leading his flock astray.
Nutball Pope. Ignore him and listen to the Bishops.
Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.
Catholics to Pope Frances: Why so much insanity?
Lord forgive me, but I can’t stand this Jester. Where is his coxcomb?
In think that the Holy Spirit looked away from the Conclave for a moment and the devil slipped in. That’s the only explanation I can think of for this heretical Pope.
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