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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Is America Magazine More Catholic Than the Pope?

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Is America Magazine More Catholic Than the Pope?

An article published today in America Magazine, I love Latin Mass and Pope Francis. Please don’t let a few (very loud) traditionalists ruin it for the rest of us, by Jonathan Culbreath, offers tacit confirmation of the injustice and lack of mercy painfully evident in Pope Francis's over-the-top crackdown on the Tridentine Mass.

I actually agree with its young author, that for Francis to punish an entire cross section of faithful Catholics over the obnoxious words of a tiny minority of online loudmouths is a gross miscarriage of justice.

 

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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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.