*The Latin Mass returns: what will it mean?
There are now very strong rumours that the Latin Mass will be freed by the Pope. Apparently an announcement is imminent. But what will this mean, in real terms?
Inevitably people will see this as something of an admission of failure, that the Church made a mistake in effectively suppressing the Latin Mass in the first place. And even the dumbest secular journalist will realise that a wider availability of the Latin Mass "sends a message" that the older ideas that went with the Latin Mass are, to some extent, rehabilitated. It also inevitably raises all kinds of questions about how valid any of the post-conciliar initiatives and notions truly are. Like just about every act of the Vatican in recent decades, it will increase uncertainty.
The decision will be a rare win for true conservatives in the Church. It is almost as if the liberals won all the battles but have now lost the war. Or rather, that - comprehensively defeated in the cultural skirmishes on the battleground that the English mass became - traditionalists have simply outflanked the opposition and moved to an impregnable redoubt, namely the Latin Mass.
It is a blow for church feminists in particular, who reportedly detest the Latin Mass, with its distinct and limited role for women. Women at a Latin Mass pray and obey.
On the other hand, I doubt that the Latin Mass will have much more than a symbolic meaning. The damage is done. This freeing of the Latin Mass should have happened thirty years ago, once the damage from Vatican II became apparent. Catholics now live in a church in which nothing has been left untouched - when the late pope fiddled with the rosary, adding "luminous mysteries", one had the feeling that there was nothing left untainted by the itch for reform.
In the very long term, the rehabilitation of the Latin Mass, its coming out of the shadows, may make a real difference. But in the short term, I expect it will have little effect. As somebody once said, the tragedy of propaganda is that it works. The Catholic faithful have largely accepted the fibs about the Latin Mass and the culture that bore it, and I don't expect them to move in large numbers to the newly available older rite.
*The Latin Mass is the next big thing.
Not only is there a brand new rumour that the Pope has actually signed the document releasing the Latin Mass, but all the cute girls are flocking to the Latin Mass movement:http://catholicrestorationists.wordpress.com/contributors/
Where the cute girls go, political success follows, as enunciated in the:
"Babe Theory of Political Movements
Yes indeed, the signs are good for the Catholic Traditionalist movement.