So here's the deal Papst.
This is probably the first time the Holy Father has me a bit nonplussed.
Perhaps there is more in the book that explains Pope Francis' reasoning in saying that about those young people who prefer the Extraordinary Form of Mass, as well as a more careful interpretation of Catholic teaching.
Pope Francis told Father Spadaro he wonders why some young people, who were not raised with the old Latin Mass, nevertheless prefer it.
“And I ask myself: Why so much rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else. Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid.” - CruxThere is nothing wrong with the Pope wondering about the attraction to the traditional Mass, but I sort of expected he would understand it more than he does. The Holy Father expressed suspicion over what motivates them. Perhaps it stems from his experience in Argentina. The 'old' Church was pretty much always linked to right wing politics and corruption, and perhaps that colors his perception.
Health Class for SSPX high school students.
It makes me wonder if the Holy Father thought of a special Year of Mercy outreach to young (and old) people attached to the Extraordinary Form - I realize the Holy See has granted Jurisdiction to SSPX Priests to hear Confessions during the Jubilee Year - but I haven't heard of any special celebration for Traditionalists.
That said, I hope those close to the Holy Father can help him understand this better.
I have doubts.
The young people are not the ones hiding something.
The younger people, and many of the older ones who prefer the Extraordinary Form of Mass are far better Catholics than myself. I have known a few over the years who maybe had some issues, but the majority of those I know are wonderful people. Deeply religious yet well integrated in contemporary society. Some may 'fear' the signs of the times, yet their concerns/fears are not at all irrational. In fact, many of the much younger EF traditional Catholics I know exude charity and love. They are far from being paranoid/fear-full or insecure in their state in life.
I know families who are model Catholics, healthy, devout, successful, providing for their children, contributing to the Church and charity - faithful and filled with joy. Solid in their faith, they know the faith, they know Catholic teaching - some are highly educated in theology and philosophy which informs their life and work in ordinary life. If there is any 'defensiveness' on their part, it is their willingness to defend the faith and witness to the Gospel.
They are hiding nothing - their life, their faith, their devotion is held up for all to see. I sincerely believe they may indeed be the "Heart of the Church" in our times.
Some may have issues, as I've noted, but so do many mainstream Catholics and so-called 'progressives'. Ironically, it is probably safe to assume that those who prefer the Traditional Rite do so because they were tired of the novelty and circus atmosphere present in the Ordinary Form of things in the Church.
I'm not criticizing the Holy Father, but I hope someone will help him understand and appreciate the faithful witness of Traditionalist Roman Catholics, especially the youth and young families who are faithful to the Church and the Holy Father and the bishops and priests in communion with him.
So Georg - Archbishop Gänswein - could you and Pope Benedict help the Holy Father understand that these people aren't hiding anything - and that some can't be that rigid if they accept me as their friend.
Big hug to Pope Francis and Georg and Benedict. Beers for everyone.