As I imagine you know, it is very likely that the pope will soon release a document liberalizing use of the Tridentine Mass in order to make it more widely available. A lot of the controversy around this centers around the orientation of the priest during the liturgy, with some people angry about having the priest turn “away from the people.” In the newly released issue of Dappled Things, prominent blogger Matthew Alderman has a great essay about the celebration of the Mass facing East. It is a very thorough essay in which he investigates the debates about celebrating the liturgy this way and dispels a LOT of myths in the process. Check it out at dappledthings.org/adv06/essay01.php.
Have you guys experienced the liturgy celebrated like this (either Tridentine or Novus Ordo)? What did you think? And what do you think now in light of Mr. Alderman’s arguments? It seems to me he does a pretty thorough job. If more people read this essay there would be a lot more understanding of the upcoming decision from the Vatican.