Please Holy Father, understand that love for the Old Mass doesn’t always come from rigid or narrow hearts. It comes from seeking and restless hearts. Many people find needed rest in traditional worship, not because it’s old or fashionable, but because it carries a hint of the sublime for which human hearts are made.
To talk of “Purification”, whether of our Lady or of Women after Childbed (“Churching”), would, undeniably, carry with it in our culture a sense that either the person or the process was Dirty. And most certainly neither is. So there is no doubt that the old language would impose upon us the burden of difficult explanations to a world instinctively disinclined to listen to explanations about anything from Christians. So perhaps we are best without such language. But …
As usual, Fr Hunwike makes excellent reading!
On 24 Jan 2017, SPUC’s Fiorella Nash appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, in an episode called “The Abortion Act 50 years on”. The full episode can be listened to here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/program
Well dond Fiorella! – This is a superbly measured response to an unsupportive interview.