Tim_D, while I think that your last sentence may be much too broad, I readily agree with the rest. I’m a Slav. My ancestors celebrated Divine Liturgy in Old Church Slavonic, a language closely related to their mother tongue, since the 9th century’s mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia, with the formal authorisation of Pope Adrian II, I might add. Only petty power struggles with German clergy put an end to this. The literary tradition of the entire Slavic world rests heavily on this missionary work. Therefore, I cannot stress how vitally important it is to me to be able to take part in liturgy celebrated in my own language.
So if someone wants to suggest that the supposed “Mass of the Ages”, celebrated according to a missal that’s less than half as old as the missionary work of the Apostles to the Slavs, is somehow intrinsically superior to the Mass that, among many other things, in allowing the use of national languages fulfils the core purpose of the mission that is one of the foundational blocks of my entire culture, I simply raise an eyebrow. The Tridentine Mass had it’s place in the millenia-old history of Christ’s church. Our dear Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has wisely allowed it’s continued use so that those who wish to worship our Lord in this form may do so, and so that all the faithful may have an opportunity to grow in faith inspired by this gem from the treasury of our Church’s tradition. But that’s that.