Pope laments ‘rigidity’ of youth who prefer Latin Mass

Pope, in interview, laments ‘rigidity’ of youth who prefer Latin Mass

 . . .  Pope Francis insisted the Mass reformed after the Second Vatican Council is here to stay and “to speak of a ‘reform of the reform’ is an error.”

In authorizing regular use of the older Mass, now referred to as the “extraordinary form,” now-retired Pope Benedict XVI was “magnanimous” toward those attached to the old liturgy, he said. “But it is an exception.”

Pope Francis told Father Spadaro he wonders why some young people, who were not raised with the old Latin Mass, nevertheless prefer it.

“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.”




  1. It’s been educational (for me) to watch Francis and trads interact. Trads have a weird “leadership” fetish I simply can’t grok.

    Francis seems the standard lib preaching goodwill towards others while being mean to people he don’t like. I’ve always wondered at this: why attack friends? It’s crazy. Myself, I like to make friends. Isn’t it better to kiss babies than steal their lollypops? Why wouldn’t the pope have a huuuge hug for LM people, NO people, Eastern rite people, Tridentines, Dominican mass types, everyone (as long as it wasn’t objectively bad, say, liturgical dancing)?

    But I do acknowledge most LM types I hang with are like Francis: they think their way is the only way and the NO is objectively inferior (in defiance of Council). Francis seems the mirror image (again in defiance of Council). Everyone deserves each other; God is clever but not malicious.

    1. MK, I think that both parties are rigid, and not in a good way. There is a lot of cultural bag attached to both, and it isn’t healthy.

      As for myself, I have become more favorable to the NO as of late- as long as it is well executed. Properly done, it can be reverent and is a sacred experience. But let us be honest- that is the exception, not the norm.

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