Q: Often people talk about the Mass as experienced before Vatican II as the “traditional” Mass, the way it was for thousands of years before we changed it in the 1960s. Clearly this is not the case. Have you found any effective way to help people understand that the Council restored the rite—rather that basically watered things down.
A: I’ve addressed many of the sources of the current Order of Mass in my book At the Supper of the Lamb. I also agree with a colleague of mine, who says that the real “traditional” Mass is the current one because it faithfully continues the traditions of the Church.