So I thought today, spurred by a useful post over at the Curt Jester, I'd provide a list of links to some of the more moderate voices of the traditionalist community.
But first a little context.
Sadness and mourning?
A lot of the reaction, I suspect, is still residual sadness, or even anger, at the resignation of Pope Benedict and the unfinished agenda he left behind.
And I can't help thinking that some of the rad trad reaction is spurred by a certain fear and guilty realisation about the fear that a schismatic tendency is about to harden into (declared) schism indeed. Pope Benedict, after all, reached out and did everything he could to try and effect a reconciliation with the SSPX, and they rejected his offer.
That rejection is made all the more poignant by the news that the (orthodox) Patriarch of Constantinople will attend the Inauguration, moving the prospect of healing that Schism just a little closer.
I have to admit that I wasn't following the conclave that closely, not least because I (correctly as it turns out) thought the chances of my preferred candidates being elected was extremely low, and the chances of anyone as good emerging seemed bleak.
Moreover, I didn't expect to see the announcement of a new Pope live given the time differentials involved, and I don't have a mobile phone so the papal smoke alarm wasn't going to get me out of bed in time either, the expected length of the Conclave (boy were we all wrong on that one!).
As it turns out though, my guardian angel prodded me awake just in time to get the message that the white smoke had gone up, and turn on the live feed (fortunately not relying on ABC TV where I gather ex-priest Paul Collins announced that the Cardinal of Genoa had been elected! Oh well, I guess he is in good company since the Italian Bishops Conference even sent a congratulatory message to the wrong man...) to see it, the announcement and that first appearance. So I'm pretty inclined to think positively of the new man!
It is true that he doesn't look like a great protagonist for the traditionalist or reform of the reform liturgical agenda (he is a Jesuit after all!). That agenda does, however, perhaps now have its own momentum.
What is needed now seems to be a clean up of the Curia and a bit of refocusing across the world on the Church's actual mission, and that certainly seems to be what we are going to get.
As a number of commentators have now noted, the new Pope has delayed doing the traditional confirmation of previous curia officeholders in place for the moment, signalling watch this space perhaps!
Between ultramontanism and sedevacantism
But regardless of what you think of the signals so far, the challenge for every Catholic is to get the right balance in our reactions.
We don't, of course, have to applaud every move a Pope makes. We don't even have to believe that the Cardinals elected the best possible person for the job.
We do, though, have to believe that the duly elected post will benefit from the charism that has prevented the Church from falling over the last two thousand years.
We do have to avoid rash judgment.
And do have to accord the new Pope an appropriate degree of respect, and that has been distinctly lacking in some quarters.
So here is a list of some of the more sensible posts on the whole thing for your consideration:
- the series of posts by Fr Finigan over at the Hermeneutic of Continuity;
- the series of posts by Fr Hugh over at Dominus Mihi Adjutor;
- the series of posts, but especially this one on dampeners of joy by Joshua of Psallite Sapienter;
- Not all trads hate the Pope: Modestinus (plus do read his earlier post on Pope Francis over at Opus Publicum);
- Michael Matt over at the Remnant;
- On the TLM in Buenos Aires, Holy Souls Hermitage Blog;
- Liturgical Doomsdayers: Jeff Miller;
- Take a deep breath: Marshall Taylor;
- I'm embarrassed: LarryD; and
- The Crescat.