Surely the merciful pope has "smelled his sheep" enough to know that the vast majority of the adherents to the Tridentine Mass are young families who know next to nothing about the Second Vatican Council and have no immediate intentions to brush up on it.
Perhaps in future, such enthusiastic papal crackdowns could instead be reserved for Vatican officials and employees of Church institutions using location-based hookup apps such as Grindr. Perhaps.
I rather fear that most Catholics under 30, in fact, would likely hazard a guess that Vatican II might be the name of the pope's summer residence, and I very much doubt many of them would know their Gaudium et Spes from a hole in the ground.
In my opinion, America is right to question why Francis would punish so many good people just because of the rantings of a few trolls on social media. Is our pontiff so easily triggered? Does he struggle with anger management? What's going on here?
Bottom line, Francis has clearly jumped the shark when even America Magazine suggests his motu proprio is an unhinged overreaction that indicates either our pope is completely out of touch with reality or he's a bit of a hothead who lets the papal temper get the best of his motu proprio.
Either way, America Magazine is quite right to plead with the Holy Father to reconsider his Jansenist hot flash and leave those TLM kids alone. Perhaps in future, such enthusiastic papal crackdowns could instead be reserved for those Vatican officials and employees of Church institutions using location-based hookup apps such as Grindr. Perhaps.
In any case, well played, America! We second the motion.
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