The opposition to the Motu Proprio from both the laity and clerics speaks volumes about the importance and significance of the Pope's gesture in returning the Catholic Church to her senses and to her roots. Some people are afraid of the past, afraid of tradition, and fearful of returning to the "dark ages" where worship was a spiritual act of reverence and holiness; a clear and distinct sacrifice offering adoration, thanksgiving, and atonement to God, an act that surpasses in holiness the communal meal that has downplayed and replaced the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the last forty years.
Why is it that some people feel so threatened by the Traditional Mass? What are they afraid of? In my own parish, I came up against this very opposition today, where someone said we will never have a Mass that is void of laity involvement, and if I thought we were going to return to the dark ages, then I needed to think again. I was accused of spiritual pride for expressing a desire that we have an occasional Traditional Mass that followed the rubrics of the 1962 Missal.
It is this attitude that we must guard against. Instruction of the faithful, so that they fully understand the meaning and significance of the rubrics of the Mass of the Ages, is paramount to its success in a parish where it has never been offered, and where the priest is also learning how to say the TLM for the first time. Otherwise, it will be a disaster, just another Mass full of innovations and novelties that happens to have some Latin thrown in. The Pope has restored the Traditional Latin Mass, for use by those who desire and love it. The efforts of some who wish to sabotage the restoration and implementation of the TLM can mean only one thing. Spiritual warfare. And we all know who is behind that.