I am currently involved in a discussion with a priest who thinks:
- The Tridentine Mass is a museum piece.
- It does not foster enough “community”, that is,
people are unfriendly and don’t stick around after mass to
talk with their brothers and sisters.
- The Tridentine Mass goers live in a “bubble”, that is, they are
isolationists and they do next to nothing to further
evangelization, which is why the Tridentine will eventually
- The Tridentine is unwelcoming which is another reason why
it will not grow: Protestants and the younger generation
find no interest in it.
- It is useful in one instance: when liberalism is rampant
in a diocese, it is sort of the “antidote” that people can
seek refuge in.
- The tridentine seminaries attract “wackos”.
I really tend to differ with these statements, I think the Tridentine is growing, people are attracted to the mysticism and reverence and it is attracting the younger generation which is tired of complaceny and irreverence. Also, I believe it is a growing movement rather than a dwindling one due to lack of interest.
My problem is how do I show evidence of this to this priest?