He gave an outline of the background to the new Mass and recommended (in the spirit of fair play and even handedness, that the man should attend a NO Mass to witness the full choice offered by HMC at first hand).
When he met up with the man some days later he asked him what he thought of the OF Mass.
He received the reply: "Well, it was OK, but it's only for children right?"
I will not stoop to churlishness by describing the ordeal and, besides, I know that many of you suffered far more patiently than me on Christmas morning with similar expereinces.
But, I had to reflect on just how the two Masses are so different; so far apart.
Sadly, I left feeling that there can be no reconciliation without either A) a miracle or, B) a very strong concerted steer from Rome and the Bishops to actually impose a Latin Mass every Sunday.
But, even plan B) would not work as the celebrant on Christmas Day, was completely unfit for purpose.
I do not mean that he was wilfully bad, just lacking in what the army used to call 'moral fibre' except that, in this case it would be 'lacking in spiritual fibre'.
No one, priest included, paid the slightest bit of attention, let alone, respect, for the tabernacle housing the Blessed Sacrament. Furthermore, the celebrant was totally focused, as was the
It would take 12 months solitary in an SSPX community before this priest would even begin to understand what a real Mass is all about.
Perhaps the man receiving instruction was right, the Novus Ordo Mass is only for children, and very young ones at that.