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By James Bogle, Catholic Herald, July 8, 2024

The problem with nostalgia, the man said, is that it just isn’t what it used to be. But one man’s nostalgia may be very different from another’s. To criticise those who have a preference for the traditional Latin Roman rite of the Western Church as “nostalgic” is, really, an empty criticism.

Yet that criticism is still levelled by some.

Hence we have what looks like a reprise of the famous letter of writers, artists and intellectuals in the 1970s defending the Latin Mass, with a new epistle, written on 3 July this year to The Times, and signed by such a range of prominent people, from the Left and Right of politics, encompassing cultural leaders, writers, musicians, actors, opera singers, a senior RAF officer, men and women from every corner of modern life, as to defy categorisation. The only name that is missing is that of Brigitte Bardot, also known to favour the traditional Latin mass. …

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