Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Five Myths Behind Traditionis Custodes and the Attack on the TLM

Several days ago, I recorded an interview with Timothy Flanders, which has just premiered on the One Peter Five YouTube channel. The title is “Five Myths Behind Traditionis Custodes and the Attack on the TLM”; we hope that people will find it a useful resource for understanding some of the Church’s current liturgical problems. My thanks once again to Mr Flanders for a most enjoyable conversation.

There is one thing which I realized just after we finished recording this that I could have said differently, and perhaps better. I compared the overwhelming amount of evidence that the post-Conciliar liturgy is not in any way what the bishops who signed Sacrosanctum Concilium wanted to the overwhelming evidence that miracles are real, and cited some words of GK Chesterton to that effect. I think a more apt comparison would have been the overwhelming amount of evidence that the sexual revolution has been a catastrophe for human society, exactly as Humanae Vitae said it would be. I think this might be a better analogy because there is, unfortunately, a large number of Catholics who want the Church to embrace the sexual revolution, despite the appalling misery it has inflicted on so many people. And likewise, there are still people who insist that the Church must cling like death to the post-Conciliar liturgy, claiming that it is exactly what the Council wanted, despite its innumerable contradictions of the ipsissima verba of Sacrosanctum Concilium, and its total failure to produce any of the results that that document’s opening paragraph says were supposed to come from the reform.

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