Musings of a Modernist Pope: Sorry Francesco, the Mass of the Ages isn’t the passing “fad”. You are!


[Abp. Jan Graubner speaks:] When we were discussing those who are fond of the ancient liturgy and wish to return to it, it was evident that the Pope speaks with great affection, attention, and sensitivity for all in order not to hurt anyone. However, he made a quite strong statement when he said that he understands when the old generation returns to what it experienced, but that he cannot understand the younger generation wishing to return to it.

When I search more thoroughly – the Pope said – I find that it is rather a kind of fashion [in Czech: ‘móda‘, Italian ‘moda‘]. And if it is a fashion, therefore it is a matter that does not need that much attention. It is just necessary to show some patience and kindness to people who are addicted to a certain fashion. But I consider greatly important to go deep into things, because if we do not go deep, no liturgical form, this or that one, can save us.



  1. First, let me say I appreciate Traditional and traditional Catholics! I appreciate you site. Thank you for it. But, I think youre wrong here. The quote, while not even a quote directly from the Pope, (not Francesco) sets a conditional statement. It is a fashion when one generation or another simply returns to a what it is accustomed to. That is ALL that is said. And it is true! There is nothing in the statement that says the EF is a fad or fashion. The description of the EF being a “fad” is conditioned on OUR attitude. When we prefer one form over the other simply based on what we are accustomed to, it is a fad. How can anyone deny this? That is the definition of fad or fashion. And how can anyone deny that our preference of one form over the other is sometimes based primarily on what we are accustomed to? They cant because that is what many of us do! Its human nature. As a traditional Catholic, I find the fact that some Traditionalist Catholics are in an uproar because they think the Pope said the EF is a fad as outrageous as when nominal Catholics argue the Pope is making a case for normalization of homosexuality or that we should NOT make the end of abortion a priority. Please! Read in context paying careful attention to sentence structure and source, and I think you will at least see the possiblity that my interpretation could be correct. Thank you! Yours in Christ!


    • I admit that anything is possible with this pope, but I lived in Chicago for many years, so I know from long experience when I’m being insulted and marginalized by those in power. As for Francesco – the Pope signed his Harley motorcycle that way – we already know his feelings about these things, so it’s fairly easy to interpret what he was saying – once again – about the Mass of the Ages – and what he is once again inferring about Catholics who are still able to appreciate sacred tradition. Using imprecise langauge is no longer a valid papal excuse. Veiled papal insults and threats are also no longer acceptable. If this pope wasn’t at the mercy of his liberal, modernist tendencies, he would realize that he has no right to prevent any Catholic from participating in his/her choice of any of the Church’s legimate, approved liturgies. Religious freedom is not reserved for Muslims, Jews, Protestants and Atheists alone. Religious liberty also applies to Catholics. It’s high time the pope and his fellow bishops were reminded of that fact.

      Thank you for commenting. May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and keep you and grant you peace!



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