Today I was made aware of two diocesan priests who are confronting the problem of celebrating both the new Mass as well as the traditional Mass.
The first priest is in the diocese where I live. He’s a convert and has always been traditional minded and for that he was exiled to the hinterlands by our previous bishop (as many of the younger traditional priests were by this bishop). My understanding is that he’s become more and more uncomfortable celebrating the new Mass (Holy Communion in the hand, laymen distributing Holy Communion etc.), to the point that he had some sort of breakdown. I was told by two different sources that this breakdown was a direct result of desire to no longer celebrate the NO Mass.
The second priest is in a neighboring diocese and he also celebrates a daily traditional Mass as well as one NO Mass on Sunday. I heard from a friend of his that he’s become very uncomfortable celebrating the NO Mass to the point it’s affecting his priesthood. I’ve assisted at several of his traditional Masses and he’s a no nonsense priest so I can see why he’s having difficulty.
I think this problem will happen with other priests who try to straddle the NO / TLM fence. Many / most traditional Catholic laymen have serious problems with assisting at the NO Mass and I think the same will be true for some / many priests who try to celebrate both.
The Church hasn’t had to confront this problem before because those priests celebrating the TLM were generally religious priests whose community only celebrated the TLM.
The situation reminds me of the saying, “A house divided against itself…”