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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, April 14, 2021
Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.
We’ve been hearing the claims for years now: “The Tridentine rite is unattractive.” “Young people are turned off by the old Latin Mass.” “Nobody wants it.”
Gee, is that why liberal Catholics are so anxious to ban the old rite?
Try this: Drop in on a local car dealer’s showroom, and ask the boss whether he’d like Congress to outlaw sales of the Edsel. He’ll laugh, of course. Why? If he were worried about competition from the Edsel, maybe he’d be tempted to endorse a Congressional ban. But he’s not worried about competition, because the truth is that nobody wants to buy an Edsel. Nobody ever wanted to buy an Edsel. …