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Unfortunately, the headline for this post is not satirical. Jesuits are not alone in promoting the end of the Latin Mass. There are bishops that receive complaints from diocesan priests that wish to eliminate the Latin Mass.
As the pews fill in a parish that offers the Latin Mass, and as they empty in parishes that refuse to offer the Latin Mass, they beseech bishops to put an end to the Latin Mass. Lazy priests and parishioners that offer the catechesis of Oprah and Howard Stern, a foundation built upon sand, feel threatened.
There are priests that should spend more time with the Liturgy of the Hours, rather than reading the New York Times. Dissident priests that live in fear that something they say will not be published, or heard in the media that tries to shape popular opinion will not mollify the tyranny of cancel culture.
Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, former editor-in-chief of America magazine (until Pope Benedict helped resolve the situation) has remained an often-quoted source for (dare I say, lazy) mainstream media reporters, and has written a column for Religion News Service. He is pictured below with the rest of the Jesuit community at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. (yes, this is actually their website’s group photo) seated, second from the left.
In his latest manifesto, Reese not only calls for overturning Summorum Pontificum, he states:
After the Pauline reforms of the liturgy, it was presumed that the “Tridentine” or Latin Mass would fade away. Bishops were given the authority to suppress it in their dioceses, but some people clung to the old liturgy to the point of schism.
Benedict took away the bishops’ authority and mandated that any priest could celebrate the Tridentine Mass whenever he pleased.
It is time to return to bishops the authority over the Tridentine liturgy in their dioceses. The church needs to be clear that it wants the unreformed liturgy to disappear and will only allow it out of pastoral kindness to older people who do not understand the need for change. Children and young people should not be allowed to attend such Masses.
Unfortunately, Father Reese has some difficulty with one Pope. His solution is to give us thousands of Popes. It is not the Latin Mass that should fade away, Father Reese should fade away with his observations that are a mile wide and an inch deep.Published in