‘Traditionis custodes’ has generated division, not unity on Latin Mass

Three years after the release of the motu proprio Traditionis custodes, which imposed severe restrictions on the celebration of the Mass in Latin, controversy over the use of the old Mass is as strong as ever. So, if it intended to bring some measure of peace to the liturgy wars by increasing liturgical homogenization around the Mass of Paul VI, it has failed. Traditionis custodes represents a solution for a problem that does not exist in any meaningful sense. It’s a document oriented to combating a straw-man caricature of angry and hostile traditionalists who, it supposes, lurk around every corner.