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Friday, July 5, 2024

Zoomers want Authenticity, TLM delivers

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Zoomers want Authenticity, TLM delivers

ABC.net, AUSTRALIA | It's a freezing Sunday morning, and 23-year-old Catholic convert Llewellyn Beer has travelled nearly 35 kilometres across Melbourne to attend mass at St Aloysius Church in Caulfield.

He says it's worth the trip to attend the only Catholic church in Melbourne that exclusively holds services in Latin.

And he's not alone: by 10:30 am, every pew is occupied, many by young parishioners like him.

"Zoomers want authenticity more than anything, and I think you'll find it at a Latin Mass."

Another young Catholic, 22-year-old Jacob Goicoa, agreed; he's also travelled for over an hour to be here.

"Definitely over half [are younger than 30]," he estimated.

"I don't think it really mattered how far it was, if it was an hour or two hours," he said.

"As long as it was Latin mass – that's all that matters."

It actually makes me want to continue and share this mass more because it is being attacked." 

Pope 'out of touch'

"It's divine and so uncompromising – you're witnessing something that's beyond your own feeble existence," 21-year-old Elisha Andres said.

"You can tell this mass is not about you, it's not about entertainment, it's really about the Lord."

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In 2021, Pope Francis imposed new restrictions on which churches could celebrate Latin mass, ultimately leading Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli to seek permission from the Vatican to continue the weekly Latin service at St Patrick's Cathedral, which was denied.

The cathedral celebrated its final Latin mass last week, and predictably, the news wasn't welcomed by the parishioners at St Aloysius.

"Everyone has a right to feel sad," 20-year-old Izabella Sensi said.

"It actually makes me want to continue and share this mass more because it is being attacked, basically."

I think he's out of touch," Fr Tattersall said of the Pope. "He's talking a lot about 'everyone is welcome in the church', but I'm sorry to say that a lot of Catholics don't feel very welcome at the moment in this pontificate."

Father Glen Tattersall, who led the Latin mass at St Patrick's and continues to do so at St Aloysius, was more blunt in his assessment of the Pope.

"I think he's out of touch," Fr Tattersall said of the Pope.

"I think he's kind of typical of his age and background – he doesn't understand that we're not stuck in the 1960s anymore."

"He's talking a lot about 'everyone is welcome in the church', but I'm sorry to say that a lot of Catholics don't feel very welcome at the moment in this pontificate."

Fr Tattersall is known as an outspoken conservative in Australia's Catholic clergy.

In 2017, he was quoted in The Australian newspaper saying "it's really the liberal-minded and their fellow travellers who have been wrecking the church over a number of years", and "there are many people who are saying we need to lighten up about same-sex marriage, and same-sex relationships generally, and yet they're railing against sexual abuse – that's sexual abuse, isn't it?"

Speaking to Hack in 2024, Fr Tattersall declined to elaborate on his views about Pope Francis' other reforms to Catholic doctrine, which include allowing blessings for same-sex couples and allowing transgender people to be baptised and become godparents.

The irony of rejecting Pope Francis' modernising reforms, which are intended to broaden the appeal of the church, wasn't lost on these young Catholics.

"I suppose from the outside looking in, it wouldn't make much sense," 27-year-old Catholic convert Zachary Dennis said of his preference for Latin.

"But once I had resolved to become Catholic, this to me was the only logical choice and I'm assuming those around me would also agree."

Read the full report here.

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