I am in no way choosing a side, harping on our Bishop, or on any individual. I am merely pointing out what I was informed by different religious in the area about this issue that was brought up at some point in the past, and it started me thinking.
So, back in the day, naturally all Masses were said/sung in Latin in our area. Eventually (like everywhere else), the vernacular took over and wasn’t really a sticking point for the majority of Catholics in the Diocese of Amarillo (which covers the entire Panhandle). There were a few people here and there that were concerned as to whether the Church was losing some of its identity which I fully understand.
Benedict XVI issued a statement re-allowing Dioceses to include TLMes in communities that truly desire the more traditional Mass. Following this, a small number of families approached our Bishop with such a desire; Bishop Zurek decided to look into it, and seemed to be open to the idea until…some of the main members of this group stated something to the idea of, “Well, if you don’t allow us to have the Latin Mass, then we just won’t go to Mass at all ever!”
This threat convinced his Eminence that the community was not in the right, and he halted any questions into the matter for the foreseeable future.
Now, I’m fine with the NO Mass, it’s the Mass that I grew up with, and I respect and agree with the Bishop’s decision to not entertain someone who threatens to leave the Church over this. My concern is this, is our diocese suffering an absolute absence of the TLM because of these few baddies?
What would you suggest suggesting to Bishop Zurek? Should I even bother? I’d like to see the TLM someday, but I won’t drive hundreds of miles just for that if there are plenty of NO Masses in the area. I don’t consider NO to be a bad thing, and I’m perfectly fine with it. Am I overthinking this?