Someone "anonymous" reading through the archives last night left this comment on an old post of mine. I don't know if it's the sarcastic take of a rad-trad or the sincere bitterness of a die-hard liberal over the resurgence of tradition among the young, but either way it's disturbing:
Fear not, when Benedict16 has left the scene, the TLM will go with him. Medieval aesthetics and mumbo jumbo before a plaster of paris altar and those countless genuflections, hand-wavings, and little torchbearers while monsignor in his fiddleback quietly mutters his dead language will become more and more a trip down memory lane by right-wing eccentrics. An anomaly the Church had to put up with to please the SSPX and those who march with them.What think you, readers?
With the German pope gone, the TLM can be tossed into the grave along with Benedict's remains. His successor will pay lip service to it, I have no doubt, for a couple of years; however, the Vatican will loosen the reigns and bishops will find loopholes for quietly putting it on the shelf. Something they've managed to do to date in a number of dioceses anyway.
Why you say? Because the extreme trads are just that, they're extreme. They've had their little run under Benedict, but a significant number of the worldwide hierarchy feel they've been imposed upon by old biddies with their liturgical demands imposed upon tired, over-worked, elederly priest who haven't studied latin in 50 years. While the bishop has been forced to redirect his precious priestly personnel to accommodate a handful of ultra trad flock and their "Temple police".
With Benedict gone, they'll feel emboldened to ignore the dictates of Vox Clara and the CDW. So, best to become accustomed to celebrating more traditional NO masses, with or without Latin. For the old TLM, like all good antiques, will eventually end up in the new Pontifical Museum for Quaint Rites and Cults.