Some people sure get riled over the possibility of the Tridentine Latin Mass coming to their Novus Ordo community. They feel threatened, and say it has to do with division. Yesterday, at Catholic Answers forums we had a heated debate over this very topic. Today, the thread has disappeared, removed by the moderators.
It seems the Novus Ordo champions want all the people of the parish at their Mass, so as not to create camps within the parish. They say the TLM promotes elitism and snobbery, with a holier than thou attitude. The traditional Catholics just want to be able to worship God in a more reverent, holy and sacred manner. Who's right? Well, the Novus Ordo is here to stay, so just like the poor, we will always have it among us.
The Latin Mass, by its very nature, is a drawing card of sacred treasure that attracts people by its reverence, beauty and tradition. Once the Motu Proprio is released, the parishes that offer both Masses will undoubtedly see increased attendance at the TLM. This worries those who attend the NO, and I believe they feel threatened by it. They don't want what they call a return to the dark ages, and feel the Church is moving backwards by allowing priests to offer the TLM again.
Most, (but not all) Novus Ordo Masses feature women in the sanctuary, and permit laymen to distribute Holy Communion in the hand, while allowing and even encouraging altar girls, polka and rock music, clowns, and kissing and hugging. The sense of sacredness is gone. Our beautiful Roman liturgy has been Protestantized beyond recognition. So what is there to separate us from our Protestant brethren?
If it weren't for the Consecration, our Mass would be identical to any given protestant service. That's why we hold the Latin Mass so close to our hearts. It distinguishes us as Catholics, and keeps our sacred traditions alive. It inspires one to holiness and reverence. If only the champions of the Novus Ordo could understand this without feeling threatened.