This is quite refreshing. Rev. Peter J. Daly who was one of two participants in an article on the TLM that seemed to be quite disparaging has replied:
… On conservative Catholic blogs my name has been mud. I have been called everything from a heretic to a fool.
I’m sorry if I offended anyone. And it may surprise my correspondents, but I actually agree with many of them.
My previous column was a failure for two reasons. First, it did not convey my own affection for the old liturgy. Second, it did not recognize the good motivations of the people who want a return to the Latin liturgy.
Instead of attacking the messenger and writing off bloggers and others as cranks he goes on to give I think a much better analysis of why some love the extraordinary form of the Mass.
Now if only we can get him from calling it the Latin liturgy and the Latin Mass.
I do wish he would have corrected the many inaccuracies his original column and characterization of a neighboring parish (St. Francis deSales) with the TLM. Fr. Daly had personally apologized to the pastor of this parish and reportedly promised to put out a retraction. The new column has an excellent tone generally in reference to followers of the TLM, but does not make any mention of the parish he previously maligned. Though I don’t want to go on an on about this and am glad that Fr. Daly has written this column.
Jester Hat Tip: The Cafeteria is Closed
There is a loose end in the ‘universal Church’ argument — first off because it leaves out the whole Eastern Half of the Church, which uses Greek, Slavonic, Geez, Aramaic, etc. Secondly, if one traveled, one heard Latin pronounced as though it were English, or Spanish, or French, or German, or Italian, etc. And without microphones (and often even with them) it was hardly comprehensible by anyone except perhaps the priest who was speaking (and the Holy Trinity) — the servers most often replied by rote.
It also would ahve been nice if he had written “I’m sorry that I offended some people” instead of “I’m sorry if I offended anyone,” although that weasely phrasing is so common that sometimes one has to make a conscious effort to avoid it.