How Pope Francis’s New Restrictions On The Latin Mass Could Make It Stronger

How Pope Francis’s New Restrictions On The Latin Mass Could Make It Stronger


Just the other month, more than a few conservative Catholic writers felt comfortable lambasting traditionalist Catholics. They complained these types were toxic, disobedient, and malicious. One writer related his experience with a traditionalist priest who was needlessly difficult about administering a baptism. Another writer pointed out many traditionalist men fail to live up to the masculine standards they like to promote online.

I argued that these criticisms missed the important point about the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM): it is young, dynamic, and beautiful. With so many other problems buffeting Christianity, attacking a few traditional Catholic trolls online seemed counterproductive. To paraphrase the rapper Jay-Z, “I got 99 problems, but the TLM ain’t one.”

Unfortunately, Pope Francis really does believe the Latin Mass is a big problem and took action against its celebration by issuing restrictions on celebrating it, declaring: “I take the firm decision to abrogate all the norms, instructions, permissions and customs that precede the present Motu proprio, and

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