Another thread made me think about why I no longer attend the Tridentine Mass here locally:
1.) People bitterly gossiping about those they perceived to be “modernists” prior to the Mass. At least they do it outside.
2.) The very cold reception they gave as a group to visitors who they felt were not dressed appropriately for the Mass.
3.) The intense peer pressure amongst the women (also directed to visiting women) to cover their heads.
4.) The contrived feeling of superiority displayed by more than a few at “coffee” after Mass. (Very few attended, thank goodness.)
5.) The outright hatred voiced towards the “new” Mass.
6.) The gossip directed to the wonderful 80 year old monsignor who went out of his way to celebrate the Tridentine Mass in our parish’s chapel each Sunday.
7.) The general lack understanding of what the Church actually instructs.
8.) A horrible “bunker mentality” – an “us against the rest of the Church” mentality.
9.) A focus on what is wrong, versus what is right.
10.) The constant “drum-beat” that Vatican Council II is wrong and that only a return to the Tridentine Mass will help the Church.
I could go on, but that’s a quick 10.