On March 8, 2012, the Jesuit magazine America published an article by Fr. Peter Schineller entitled “The Tridentine Mass: Why I Couldn’t Go Back.” For years, I’ve noticed that America actually pays to promote this article in online searches so that it will influence public opinion (they are evidently worried about the direction the youth are going in). That planted in me the seed of the present article, which is intended as the other’s antithesis.—PAK
For the first eighteen years of my life, I exclusively attended the Novus Ordo.
I grew up in a typical suburban parish on the East coast that celebrated the Boomer Rite. The sanctuary was covered in carpet and Extraordinary Ministers. I remember the priests; they were all more or less nice guys and more or less heretical. One of them started an Ash Wednesday homily by wiping off the ashes from his head and saying that Christ came to do away with “this kind of stuff.” Another one left the priesthood to get married and work as a professional psychiatrist. Wanting to be more involved, I became, in succession, an altar boy, a lector, and an extraordinary minister. My faith was active but confused (just how confused I will leave for another occasion).