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