I don’t know why you are popping up out of nowhere and throwing this my way after I just defended your favorite Liturgy (post # 9), but I’ll go ahead and bite
Well, I’d say that is correct. Most catholics in the pews have never assisted at an EF Mass. Most are not aware of BXVI’s SP. Most are not even aware of the concerns of traditionalists. This forum is not an indication of the average catholic’s views. Only a tiny percentage of Roman Catholics have visited this forum.
We should all be concerned with reverence, obviously, but that cannot be absolutely equated with scrapping the OF. Many times, I’ve read “traditionalists” state that the EF is “objectively” superior. It isn’t, it’s only subjectively superior to THEM. It features things that I might agree are superior, but overall, I find the OF superior for a variety of reasons and I strongly suspect that most Catholics (and yes, THINKING, reverent, faithful, Orthodox Catholics) would make a decision, if it were put up them, based solely on the use of the vernacular.
Well, that’s quite an assumption. If all those you are taking the liberty to speak for, actually knew what all the fuss is about, then yes, I’d say most would still stick with all they’ve ever known. So your assumption would indeed be proven correct as far as sheer numbers go.
But please don’t think you are going to convince me that the average catholic in the U.S. is a “THINKING, reverent, faithful, Orthodox Catholic”. It’s not their fault they aren’t. I blame their pastors.
Don’t tell me someone who is slated to be a lector or EMHC shows up wearing shorts(men), or revealing attire(women), is a “THINKING, reverent, faithful, Orthodox Catholic” either.
I don’t blame this on the OF itself, but I can attest these sad displays of irreverence don’t tend to be found at the Forma extraordinaria. (btw way, that’s Extraordinray form in venacular )
Your Venacular flag is going to have to be put on a stick and be waved by hand. It’s a preferrence based on opinion, not based on any ecclesiastical or theological grounds.
Ever read the Veterum Sapientia of the man who called VII ?
**Responsibility for enforcement
Bishops and superiors-general of religious orders shall take pains to ensure that in their seminaries and in their schools where adolescents are trained for the priesthood, all shall studiously observe the Apostolic See’s decision in this matter and obey these Our prescriptions most carefully.
In the exercise of their paternal care they shall be on their guard lest anyone under their jurisdiction, eager for revolutionary changes, writes against the use of Latin in the teaching of the higher sacred studies or in the Liturgy, or through prejudice makes light of the Holy See’s will in this regard or interprets it falsely. **
Come on JKIRK, I think H.H.John XXIII was pretty clear on this issue. And don’t forget, the Novus Ordo Missal was introduced in latin was it not ?