There have been numerous news reports in the secular media lately about about the return to tradition for Catholics, and how so many young people, especially, are being pulled in this direction. Maybe the stalling of the Motu Proprio is actually a good thing; just look at all the media attention that has surrounded it. Here is one of those articles and some excerpts from it.
The new Mass ushered in an era of liturgical chaos and a sense among many Catholics that a crucial dimension of beauty, holiness and transcendence had been lost in translation. In 1984, Pope John Paul II ruled that local bishops could grant permission for the celebration of the traditional Mass in certain instances, but in the United States, many bishops balked. Catholic authorities saw the traditional Mass as a sign of division.
Traditionalists have a powerful ally in Pope Benedict, who supports the Vatican II reform but believes that it has gone too far. “I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it,” then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote in 1997. Now, as pope, he’s going to give it to them.
Traditionalists of any religion fundamentally differ from modernists in that they see truth as objective and delivered within the rules, rituals and teachings of the tradition. Truth, so considered, is something around which individuals must shape their lives. The modernist sees religious truth as subjective, something that can be shaped to fit the lives of individuals in different times and places. If they’re right, there’s nothing regressive about reclaiming attractive and useful elements of tradition within a modernist context