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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Imagine if someone read out the works of Shakespeare in Chinese; would you appreciate the beauty of Shakespeare's stories? Most certainly not!
Some might argue that Pope Benedict XVI merely made it possible for the Tridentine Mass to be held and by no means turned it into obligatory. All too true, but it is nonetheless a regression; a regression which certainly caused Pope John XXIII to turn in his grave!!
Let us not become the Christian version of Iran! Iran under the Shah had all the modern commodities of western life and indeed had a western culture. It was the ascension to power of the Ayatollah Khomeini that Iran reverted back to the strictly Muslim society it is today. Let us not be the Church which opened up in the 60's and went back in the 2000's.
The days of the Tridentine Mass are over; it is a tradition best kept in the history books and nowhere else! Its an element which would only serve to weaken the Catholic community and not strenghten.
The way to strenghten the faith is by living the faith and believing the faith and not by turning the faith into a mere living museum of traditions!Godwin Xuereb, Pro Tridentina (Malta) President's comment: The above article dated 16 August 2009 shows that a number of 'Catholics' have little, if any, appreciation of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Worse still, they have no idea of what this Rite is all about!! Mr Angelo Micallef also refused any comments on his Blog for a fair representation of the arguments.