Saturday, May 13, 2017

One Mass Away From SSPX

In my diocese there are two choices for those who seek the Traditional Latin Mass.  Either you venture into the inner city for Holy Mass at the diocesan indult parish, or you travel to the outskirts of town to the SSPX chapel.  Really there is only once choice if one wishes to be a member of a diocesan parish, but we are all one Mass away from the SSPX.

Recently I read a blog post at Unam Sanctum Catholicam where two anonymous priests complained about rigid traditionalist Catholics who would not become members of their parishes and who were generally more trouble than they were worth according to these priests - each of whom made multiple excuses for why they did not want to offer the TLM.

Is it pastoral to deny Catholics the Latin Mass though?  If my parish stopped providing the Latin Mass as it has for the past 25+ years I would immediately drive to the SSPX chapel which is 20 minutes farther away.  I am lucky that I have an alternative only 20 minutes farther than the 20 minute drive I already make, I know many are not so fortunate.

I had the opportunity to interact with a priest who shared the opinion of the anonymous priests referenced by Unam Sanctum Catholicam, and it was an eye opening exchange.  I learned that just because a priest is friendly to tradition doesn't mean he desires to offer the TLM to traditionalist Catholics.  On the contrary he finds these Catholics an undue burden and sheep that are not worthy of shepherding due to their unreasonable demands.

The question any traditionally-minded Catholic needs to ask themselves is, "What will I do if the indult parish in my diocese ceases the TLM?"  Most diocese don't have the FSSP or other scanctioned traditionalist orders because they were not allowed.  Thankfully the SSPX have chapels where no other options exist.  If the Mass I love became unavailable at my parish, my family and I would be at the SSXP chapel the very next Sunday.  We are all one Mass away from the SSPX, perhaps a good pastor or bishop understands.

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