Clericalism is one of the bugbears in the Catholic Church. Especially since the second Vatican Council and under Pope Francis we are supposed to be dumping clericalism for consultation. It is the “church of the people” now…except when the people reject the trendy agenda of the progressives and wish to maintain the faith and traditions of the historic church.

In a breath taking display of clericalism Fr Thomas Reese SJ writes here in America magazine on the latest moves to reform the liturgy. He is full of ideas about more Euchariatic prayers, a more culturally relevant liturgy, lay celebration, deacons empowered to anoint and most disturbingly, a new suppression of the Latin Mass. So he writes,

It is time to return to bishops the authority over the Tridentine liturgy in their dioceses. The church needs to be clear that it wants the unreformed liturgy to disappear and will only allow it out of pastoral kindness to older people who do not understand the need for change. Children and young people should not be allowed to attend such Masses.

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