[quote=JKirkLVNV]I’m NOT criticizing a papal directive. I obey the Holy Father. I was addressing YOUR critique that anyone’s lack of enthusiasm had to do with laziness. It has far more to do with many other things than with laziness. Your assertion that it is laziness (I refer you to your post) is what is wrong and I call on you, in the spirit of fraternal correction, to apologize. Your assertion is simply dismissive, simply a way of shunting aside what might be legitimate concerns, and fails to address the very real fear that some have that the Mass they love is about to be tampered with. I’ve always supported a broader application of the Indult OUT OF A SENSE OF EMPATHY, because I know precisely how I would feel if they started mucking about with, started changing “MY” Mass, the Mass that has always been offered for as long as I’ve been a Catholic. I assumed that this is how many if not most Catholics felt when the Pian Mass was eclipsed BY that Pauline Mass, and so I’ve been sympathetic. That sympathy, that EMPATHY, however, has never been returned by ANY “traditionalist” or advocate for the Pian Mass on these forums, who heap nothing but scorn on the Pauline Mass. It goes FAR deeper for many of us than laziness and to suggest that that is what it is is insulting. You do me a unkindness and a diservice, which I do not deserve. I’ve been a faithful Catholic for almost as long as YOU’VE been alive, not a perfect one, but an obedient one. It is simplistic to accuse me of laziness.
To the OP, yes, it’s fear, but not fear of Latin…it’s fear of an alteration of something that’s LOVED. TRY AND GET THAT THROUGH YOUR HEADS! Some of us love the Pauline Mass, IN THE VERNACULAR.
You are, in fact, criticizing Papal directives on this matter. I also LOVE the Pauline Mass IN THE VERNACULAR, and I also LOVE the Pian Mass IN LATIN. They are not mutually exclusive. We can celebrate and love BOTH. You’re trying to wish away those that love either the Latin mass or having Latin in parts of the NO. In your specific case, it appears it is not about laziness but fear. Based on my experiences with other Catholics, however, I make a general observation (only my humble opinion brother) that it is more about laziness than fear (of course there are always exceptions to general observations, that goes without saying). Many people appear to be content understanding 90% of the NO Mass and not understanding the Latin prayers, which is again, IMO pathetic and wrong. Shall we all just understand and pray 90% of the Lord’s prayer? How about 87% of the Hail Mary?
Learning Latin is hard and takes time. It’s inconvenient. But it is hugely beneficial for a variety of reasons. Would a musician not learn to read sheet music? RIGHT NOW, IN THIS MOMENT, LATIN IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. Your appear to be repudiating that fact and consequently are being disrespectful to Rome and other Catholics. If you are knowledgeable about Latin, great, then be a leader and help others learn it as the Popes have consistently implored us to do so.