Remember three years ago when Pope Francis asked "who am I to judge" when discussing the situations of gay people? It sure sounds so nice and non-judgmental now, doesn't it? Contrast that with this screed that he uttered against those Catholics who prefer the Tridentine rite (Extraordinary Form). He speaks particularly derisively towards young people who prefer that rite over the Ordinary rite. To wit: "Pope Francis told Father Spadaro he wonders why some young people, who were not raised with the old Latin Mass, nevertheless prefer it. And I ask myself: Why so much rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else. Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid."
Let's unpack this. Notice that he equates "preference for the Tridentine rite" with "rigidity". Then "rigidity" is equated with "insecurity" and "not true love". The pope is slandering those faithful Catholics who prefer the Tridentine rite, portraying them as "insecure", "rigid" and not possessing "true love". What ever happened to "who am I to judge?" Let's address that now.
When the pope uttered that now-infamous quote three years ago, he was applying that to people living in states of mortal sin. With that, he avoided the task of rebuking sinner, of setting them on the path of salvation. However, when it comes to those Catholics who do obey Christ and His Church, he is quite judgmental towards them, demonizing their piety. In this LifeSiteNews piece, read what Anya Proctor has to say about her love for the Tridentine Mass. Her insights are nothing less than wise and profound. Do you think this young lady deserves to be belittled by the Vicar of Christ? Yet such is the treatment meted out to her and to countless others as well. Liturgyguy believes this screed by Pope Francis to be a direct insult to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Catholic Family News believes that we are being demonized as the new "deplorables" or as I've observed, this is more relegation of us to the status "niggers of the new age".