It’s much more than “refusing to allow”.
They have to ensure that there will be sufficient people to warrant another Mass on the schedule.
Many times, it appeals to a very small number.
In our Archdiocese, there is a bunch of red tape as well. Permissions form the ArchBishop, research by his office as to the need or requests for such, and then there’s the decision to be made: if there is only one priest, does he replace the OF with the EF? How many people does that impact?
Contrary to what most pious people believe, the priest is responsible for a huge amount of debt incurred by his parish sometimes, and if they believe that bringing in any innovations will run the faithfully tithing people, they tend to say, no thanks, I’m not going to go to all the effort for 3 families.
But I do agree wholeheartedly with Walking_Home.
CAF is kind of a hothouse for traditional and more mainstream Catholics (if we can even use these labels appropriately).
Much of what is discussed regularly here is not even on the radar screen of American Catholics. Many Catholics have never HEARD of Cardinal Burke, have never read AL, never been to a Latin Mass, don’t know the difference between the EF & the OF. They mostly only know the parish of their youth or their current parish.
The parish I formerly worked at regularly used liberal amounts of hand sanitizer before the Lamb of God. I found it horrible, distracting, and really bad form. My new parish? They looked at me like I was crazy when I asked if the EMHC use hand sanitizer. HEck, they don’t even refer to them as EMHC. They refer to the laity as EOM’s or EM’s.
So yeah, what you and I tend to get all worked up about online, is not even on the table for most American Catholics. So yeah, for us who post online, the rad trads seem vocal, really stiff, and out of touch.
In our Archdiocese alone, there is ONE EF Mass, at ONE parish.
It’s not terribly well attended. But the Archbishop is happy to offer it to those who truly love the Latin Mass. I remember my pastor at the time telling a woman that he wasn’t going to make any move to change for 6 people who are interested who would likely fall off after3-4 months. As the lone priest, and having upwards of 75 people in hospital, nursing home, or homebound, he felt he was needed by those folks as a priority. We could argue with him, but pastors make these decisions. Not us.
I think the average person would have little or no idea what goes on at the parish during the week.
That’s when I get upset that someone person comes up to me after Mass and says things like “I don’t like that cantor, she sings too high”.
Really? She sings in the same key as everyone else. You can’t match pitch or register. But I can’t say that. I just smile and say, oh I’m sorry.