HOSE WHO HAVE READ read “The Reform of the Liturgy” by Archbishop Hannible Bugnini know that for him there is no such thing as a “difference of opinion.” For Bugnini, there is no such thing “another point of view.” For Bugnini, there is no such thing as “an honest disagreement.” In that book, Bugnini uses the word attack no fewer than fifty-five (55) times. If he thinks there should be four readings at the Easter Vigil, while someone else thinks the traditional twelve should be kept, that is an attack. Everything, for Bugnini, is an attack. He must have been an incredibly disagreeable, volatile person.
Regarding the recent papal document, Traditionis Custodes, would it be responsible to call this an “attack” by Pope Francis on the Traditional Latin Mass? Readers know how deeply I hate sensationalist language, but I must confess that—for the moment, at least—I would not argue with that word. Like all of us, I will continue to ponder the current situation.
In the meantime: