The real question is, why in 1970, was the new mass even introduced (OK, I could possibly accept that) and the Old Mass BANNED. Actually banned like it was bad for your soul, your health, going to give you Cancer, send you straight to hell. The Mass that we and millions like us loved and used for centuries, wit roots back to the 3rd century and later the 6th. My mother told me the day they introduced the new mass, people went the next week to mass, and little by little, with the changing of the sacrements to boot, just stopped going to Mass, first my Grandmother, then our Aunts, uncles, they felt nothing “mysterious or glorius” in this new mass, Like a movie where the plot line and ending are all there for you to see, no mystique to keep you in the seats. Poor excuse for not going to mass I must say, but people after 1970, and the statistics prove this out, no longer feel that going to mass and receiving sacrments gets you to heaven, They rationalize with me now, and I argue with them at every holiday dinner that if they Pope, and Vatican II says that we all worship the same God and that one religion is essentially is as good as another, as long as they are “Good People” they will go to heaven.
And the TLM was only allowed back in 1988, and limited, like in our diocese it is in ONE church out of 130. Far away where we go, and I admit I sometimes sneak to the TLM at that schismatic place which I will not mention as it is closer and dont want to deal with the Love fest at the local Novus ordo, want to hear a real sermon. The church had an agenda in the 60’s and 70’s and still does, they were hoping that the oldies who loved the TLM would die off, but it is actually the 30-50 year olds who know enough about religion, are educated and are now asking the questions and did not grow up in the 60’s and 70’s Love fest flower power environment that are demanding the TLM and traditions to be restored.
After reading another thread on the N.O. Vs Tridentine mass and Indults, I was wondering why some bishops will not issue an indult? Or, why the limited Tridentine masses? I understand that it is the bishop’s right entirely not to grant an indult, but I can’t for the life of me understand why he would not liberaly issue the indults (assuming priests properly trained in the rite). Am I missing something? What is the downside if some prefer the pre-VII mass?
I myself have never attended a Tridentine mass, but would welcome the oppurtunity. Here in Central PA, we do have the mass once per month, but it is in a local high school. I guess that is why I am waiting. I want my first experience to be in a real church, preferably an older gothic style. I have read that in Baltimore, I may be able to find such a service, any thoughts? Any pointers for a neophyte to this service?