My twist on Sally Field’s words.
About 10-12 years ago I went to a meeting called Theology on Tap. Some of the research I did beforehand led me to believe it was just another one of the many gimmicks some in the Church have tried in recent years to make the Church more relevent for younger Catholics. Nothing I witnessed at the several meetings I went to made me change this initial opinion. My purpose for going was to spread the word about a new chapter of Una Voce several Catholics were starting in the city where we lived.
Anyway, at this meeting there was a nun in attendance who apparently was the diocesan coordinator for TOT. There was nothing in her outward appearance that would distinguish her as a Catholic nun. At the begining of the meeting they asked attendees if they had a good joke to tell to kind of ‘loosen things up’. I’ve been in sales for many years and always have a good repertoire of jokes. I ended up winning the ‘competition’ for which I was given the prize of picking a free Catholic gift at the front of the meeting room when the meeting concluded. They then made several announcements and asked attendees if we had any announcements we wanted to make.
It took the opportunity to make my announcement and give an explanation about the new chapter of Una Voce, which is a worlwide lay organization founded in 1964 which assists the bishops of the world in promoting the celebration of the TLM. I then went on to explain that the TLM was the Mass the Church celebrated worldwide prior to the NO Mass being promulgated in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. I strongly suspected the reaction I’d get from the nun prior to making my announcement and I ended up being correct in my suspicions.
If looks could kill I’d have been dead on the spot. She made sure to ‘correct’ me that the new Mass was promulgated by the bishops of the world not Pope Paul VI.
After the meeting concluded I went to pick out my prize and a young woman was asking the nun about my announcement and about the TLM since she obviously wasn’t familiar with it. The nun didn’t see me standing there. She replied to the young lady in a rather animated manner that the TLM was no longer used by the Church. She further stated angrily that when she heard me make my announcement, she " got angry and wanted to scream ".
This is one of several similar instances I’ve witnessed in addition to the many similar occurances I’ve been told and read about in traditional Catholic publications.
I’ve got my own theory why some Catholics literally hate the traditions of the Church. To other traditional Catholics, do you have any theories for this hatred?