Pope Francis, the Joe Biden of the Catholic Church, Sets His Sights on the Latin Mass

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He certainly has it in for the supernatural, offers new proof of living while ignoring eternal truths. A sort of Holy Rotary leader (with all respect to Rotarians the world over), not the Holy Rosary. Oh boy . . .

The rumors appear to be true: Pope Francis is planning to rescind Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict’s 2007 motu proprio liberalizing the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass (TLM), which Benedict dubbed the “Extraordinary Form” of the Latin Rite. This at a time when the TLM has been flourishing while most of the Church is experiencing significantdeclines. Before exploring why Pope Francis is considering this radical move, it might be helpful to briefly review the history of the TLM over the past 60+ years.

Let’s do just that . . .

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Have you hated a Jew today?

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It’s having a new heyday.

Anti-Semitism is having yet another of its semi-annual flare-ups. It’s a disease that will never be eradicated. On Tuesday, Rabbi David Wolpe said on Twitter: “I remember when hating Jews wasn’t chic.” His memory is better than mine. You don’t have to be a Nazi to be a Jew-hater. I recently heard a university administrator describe a woman’s voice as “too Jewy.” Anti-Semitism is an equal-opportunity employer.

[You can find Eliot
Weinberger’s translation of “I, a Jew” in Borges’ Selected
Non-Fictions
,
Viking, 1999.]

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