[quote=ComradeAndrei]Well, we didn’t have much of a choice when Latin was dumped practically full scale.
And having had that experience yourself, would you really wish the same experience on those who truly love the Mass they have now? It would be a shame not to learn from the mistake that was made with the wholesale dumping of the TLM. This is why I would like to see both offered.
[quote=ComradeAndrei]What would be best would just be to normalize Latin and demand its usage according to the norms, and provide missalettes (and missals) in Latin and English like we have for the 1962 Missal.
That actually seems to me to be the worst of solutions. Making a hybrid like that to me is the worst of both worlds. I would prefer a fully Latin Mass with the exception of the readings and homily, personally. That’s my personal tastes, though. What I would really like is the NO Mass in Latin performed ad orientum. The TLM was before my time.
[quote=ComradeAndrei]Latin isn’t that difficult to get at least a working feel for. English was born out of Latin (and Old English, Germanic languages, French etc.) so it is not like we would foist Chinese on people. It would pay to widen folk’s linguistic horizons a little bit.
The Germanic languages are not derived from Latin but developed simulataneously from their common IndoEuropean roots, along with Greek, the Celtic languages and many others. English is primarily derived from proto-Germanic. Modern English, however, as been strongly affected by its close association with Latin and the fact that French (which is a Romance language) was the language of the British court for a few generations after 1066 when William the Conqueror captured Britain.
[quote=ComradeAndrei]Actually, I’ve found that I pay closer attention to Mass when I have to follow along in the missal. In the Novus Ordo Masses said all in English, I tend to not read along. When you have to read along, you really get a feel for the Mass.
Here I’m the opposite. I get much more out of the Mass by focussing all of my attention on the altar rather thand dividing it between altar and missal. Again, to each their own in such matters.