I have noticed around the blogosphere some tension between so-called traditional and non-traditional Catholics. While I may have my preferences for the way in which Mass is celebrated, I do not look down my nose at one form or the other. Either form celebrated with the appropriate reverence and adherence to the liturgy is ok with me. I happen to prefer the Extraordinary Form, but this does not prevent me from attending the Ordinary Form. And yet I know people who will go to Mass at another parish rather than attend the TLM at their own church on Sundays. And of course there are the uber-traditionalists that won't step foot inside my church unless the Mass or devotion is being celebrated in the Extraordinary Form. In my humble opinion, this is all so wrong.
I know that many people who revere the Extraordinary Form have suffered not only deprivation but have also been subjected to scorn and ridicule. This is wrong. But what is also wrong is to treat a perfectly licit and reverently celebrated Novus Ordo as though it is a pagan ritual. I seem to be coming across such people who fit both categories more and more lately and it doesn't sit well with me. Without the physical violence, it sometimes seems like a gang warfare mentality has gripped some of us.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
One way in which I think non-traditionalists set themselves up for having a major inferiority complex is by thinking that if they don't fit a certain description, they will be viewed somehow as less than Catholic. Certainly, it's wrong for any of us to judge others by appearances but in worrying about such things, don't we ourselves become caught up in the same superficial trap?
If and when I'm fortunate enough to reach the Pearly Gates, the only thing I want to hear is: "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the Joy of your Master's Kingdom."
If I get hung up on what people think, I may never get there or at the least, substantially delay my arrival.