[quote=Kielbasi]I’d go to the Latin Mass, if that was what was offered at my parish.
What the best thing about the Latin mass, which I remember, is that Catholics of every stripe, the good Catholics, the bad Catholics and the ugly Catholics, the entire community.
The idea of selecting one’s own parish based on one’s individual preferences, likes and dislikes, just seems totally foreign to me. Sort of like the Baptists I know, who travel half way across town to hear Dr. Curtis, when there are 2 other Baptist churches on their block. But that is pretty much customary with them, I don’t think so with we Catholics.
I grew up during V II. I was an altar boy before V II. I sang in a children’s choir before V II in Latin. I quit going to Mass for almost 5 years because I could not stand the a’strummin’ and a’grinnin’ folk Masses. We went from O Salutaris Hostia to Bridge over Troubled Waters (yes, Simon and Garfunkel) in two years time. I don’t think you can imagine the profound impact this had on so many of us. So, yes, when I discovered that the cathedral parish was traditional, I petitioned my geographic parish’s pastor for a release. I was formally told in writing that if I did, he (the pastor) would not respond if I were dying - that letter went to the bishop. I have driven 20+ miles since 1983 to be a member of the cathedral parish. I sang in the cathedral choir for over 18 years. Anyone can now be a member of the cathedral parish and we have gone from 200 families in 1983 to well over 1500 families today. It’s not that the Mass is conducted in Latin or English, it is the reverence factor. We have 1500 years of choral music tradition. What’s wrong with chant and polyphony? When was the last time you attended a Benediction? I want to be Catholic! If I wanted drums, guitars, praise music, video screens near the pulpit, etc. I’d go to the Revival Temple down the road. I never “shopped” for a church but when I see the genuine article…well that’s another story.