They state that such Masses are reverent and inspire one to greater devotion.
I do not deny that.
Many years ago at Courtfield (Mill Hill Fathers) we attended the Novus Ordo celebrated in a most reverent fashion.
If we had not moved to Wales to a parish where Sunday Mass took on all the aspects of a play centre for 3 year olds, we would probably still be (unthinkingly) attending our reverent OF Mass back in Herefordshire.
So I do understand....up to a point.
And that point is that the new Mass, whether said in Latin and facing East, is nothing but a pale shadow of what it should be.
Great chunks of the Tridentine Latin Mass (I still like to call it that) were cut out and ditched by Bugnini's committee and a very hard element of Protestant liturgy was inserted.
|A horse designed by Mgr Bugnini's committee|
Well, I'm not counting but I do know that the late Fr Hugh Thwaites referred to the Novus Ordo as "water" and the TLM as "milk" and I think that is a very charitable way of describing the distinction.
I might have used the analogy of alcohol free lager and red wine but, there you go!
So it's not just the Latin, it is the structure of the Mass and the words incorporated into that structure that are vital and, just as you cannot serve two masters, so, you cannot, fruitfully, combine the OF and the EF.
The very essence of the Novus Ordo encourages an indifference to piety and a lack of reverence most commonly portrayed by the lack of respect shown to the Blessed Sacrament.
Yes, the OF Mass can be reverent and certainly, celebrating it in Latin and ad orientem helps but it is not enough - it still remains 'ordinary' and, for the Lord, only the 'Extraordinary' will do.