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The Rad Trad said in April 10th, 2014 at 1:11 am

The indult removed something of a missionary spirit in traditionalists to spread the old Mass and sound teaching. Sure, the indult was implemented in just a handful of dioceses (24 in 1984), but it dulled the incentive to help others without the Mass. While some had their diocesan Mass and access to priests from the FSSP or wherever, most remained without anything until after 2007. I rather think the same happened with the FSSPX when they became too large.

Thanks a lot for this series. It is very useful and informative!

John Lamont said in April 11th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

What effect do you think that an increased focus on the problems with the Novus Ordo had – if any? I’m thinking of the work like that of Lauren Pristas and Alcuin Reid – and the criticisms of the new rite by Cardinal Ratzinger. In the scholarly sphere they are extremely important, but I’m not sure how far they have gotten through to a broader audience.

introibo said in April 14th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Once again a very good summary. Cardinal Stickler was a gem. Besides saying that grand Mass in St. Patrick’s in 1996, he also said the Mass in the old St. Agnes (1992?) and at Our Savior. It never ceases to amaze how bishops, priests and faithful by and large fell for the banal, the abbreviated and the corny, not to mention unorthodox stuff. John Lamont, I think Ratzinger’s criticism of the Novus Ordo and liturgical aberrations had minimal impact when he was Cardinal but more impact when he was Pope. It would seem that he wanted to say the old Mass as Pope but was inhibited (prohibited?!) from doing so.

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