Why does this man look so cranky?
Probably because he is cranky.
And he has a right to be. Not only are a noticeable segment of devotees of the Traditional Latin Mass being complete jerks about it, but in responding so predictably to the recent piece by Steve Skojec at InsideCatholic.com, they completely missed the most succinct and convincing defense of their plight to date.
Can you imagine having the Mass that you grew up with taken away and replaced with something alien and unfamiliar? How do you think it would feel to be treated as though you are schismatic for simply clinging to the Catholicism of your youth? Would you appreciate being called a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a Pharisee for holding to your traditions and devotional practices? And how would you like to be marginalized, forced to drive 50 miles just to get to a Mass held at 1:30 in the afternoon in a parish that doesn’t want you there, and where it’s impossible to build real community because it’s local to none of the attendees? It’s as if everything these people knew about Catholicism was suddenly gone and replaced by a cheap imitation, and when they expressed their dismay, they were met by smug replies that Vatican II "did away with all that."
He's right, of course. But the worst offense of these contrarians is betrayed when they defend their own view of those traditional practices. Imagine being shushed by some arrogant little twerp who wasn't even BORN in 1962, because you are joining in the chanting the Kyrie and other sung parts of the Mass from your pew, as every pope of the 20th century had urged. Every one of these miscreants should be tied to a chair, and forced to read a brilliant piece entitled “Liturgical Principles & Notions: Concerning the Dialog Mass” by Louis Tofari.
Then they should be released, if only to write on the blackboard one hundred times: “Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.”