How can I say that, when the holy Father has stated his intention to bring an end to the Traditional Latin Mass? The problem is not the Latin Mass, but the people who use it as a way to gather in what has become essentially a separate Church from the Catholic Church. Their claim that this is about the TLM is false. It is about the people who have separated themselves from the Popes, Councils, Apostolic College, and the Magisterium.
Pope Francis does not object to the TLM. He objects to the weeds that have grown up around that ancient holy memorial. And the gardeners of the memorial are cultivating the weeds, and pulling up the flowers. The leaders of the TLM communities have usurped the Magisterium. They reject Vatican II, in one way or another. They reject the authority of every Pope and Council, except for what they judge to be correct. They treat the current Vicar of Christ with gravely immoral malice, hatred, ridicule, and denigration.
Fr. Z compared Traditionis Custodes (TC) to a terrible U.S. Supreme Court decision codifying racism and segregation, and Summorum Pontificum was compared to the Emancipation Proclamation.
Bishop Rob Mutsaerts, a Dutch auxiliary Bishop, called TC “an Evil Ukaze”, the term ukaze refers, in Imperial Russia, to a proclamation of the tsar, government, or a religious leader that had the force of law. The meaning here is an evil edict by a dictator. He also called TC “a declaration of war.”
a Rorate Caeli article by a priest described the situation as “attacks on the solemnity and integrity of the beloved Roman Rite, as Our Lord prophesied and wept over the downfall of Jerusalem.” The “downfall of Jerusalem” was the destruction of the city by a Roman siege during a Jewish uprising against Roman occupation
A LifeSiteNews article called the “abolition” of 2007’s Summorum Pontificum by Pope Francis “deliberately cruel and violent”.
A OnePeterFive article called TC an Iron Fist in the name of unity. Another article at 1P5 compared TC to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
These reactions to TC prove that Pope Francis is right, the community that has seized the Latin Mass as their own exclusive possession is in need of a very sharp correction. Their open malice toward the use of his God-given authority by the Pope shows they are schismatics. And their rejection of the very authority of Popes and Councils is not only schismatic, but results in heresies. They want the Popes and Councils to leave them alone, to believe whatever they like and to do whatever they choose. How is that Catholic?