To those of you who consider yourselves traditional Latin Catholics: why do you remain Roman Catholic rather than Eastern Catholic, or even wholly apart from Catholicism altogether- Orthodox?
I’m not asking this to incite people. This is just a topic my husband and I have been discussing due to our frustration with attending “ding a ling” Mass after ding a ling Mass (what DH’s late grandfather termed post-V2 Masses with folky type music). We have moved several times in just a couple of years, and every single parish is lax in reverence and heavy on the tambourines.
Obviously, in bigger cities, there is usually at least one church that offers one Tridentine Mass or Latin Mass time… But it’s frustrating to have to specifically seek it out. And it’s frustrating, when one lives far from a big city (as we do currently), to have to travel more than an hour to go to Mass.
Anyway, for me personally, over time (and not just because of the reverence issue)- I’ve been called East and ignored it. I stumbled across this blog post: journeytoorthodoxy.com/2012/05/10/from-catholic-to-orthodox/ and wondered if anyone here can comment on this particular quote:
“I came to Orthodoxy from Catholicism partially because of its unchanged liturgy; because the Orthodox Church, in its wisdom, never embarked on a path of liturgical self-destruction. It was not enough for me to attend the Traditional Catholic Latin Mass once a month when the bulk of the Catholic Church remains in the Novus Ordo camp. Even while attending the TLM at beautiful Saint Paul’s church in South Philadelphia, one could not escape the reality that this Mass was a minority Mass, primarily a footnote to the Novus Ordo.”
Because I’m really feeling it to be true.
I’m growing tired of singing that folky version of Lamb of God “LAAAAAAAAMB of God! you take away the siiiiiiiins, of the world! Have meeeeeeercy on us!” Instead of a simple, beautiful, Agnus Dei. You know?
Okay, so this discussion will be a start.
(but as an aside, I’ve realized recently that my DH and I are actually quite the minority in our traditionalism. Even his parents, who I’d always thought were pretty traditional- 6 kids, never miss Mass, the whole lot- are showing that they’re very much Novus Ordo… Recently their long time pastor retired and was replaced by a VERY traditional pastor. And all I hear now is my MIL complaining that “he makes us SING every thing. it’s ridiculous! I’m changing parishes!” OY.)
Also, apologies if I’ve confused any terms or angered anyone in my curiosity. I’m reverent at heart, but was raised in a highly dingaling parish