For a religion predicated on tradition, the suppression of tradition makes no sense unless the goal is to change that religion fundamentally. In urging the bishops to marginalize the traditional Latin Mass, the Pope reveals the depth of his contempt for Catholic tradition and his desire to cement in place a modernist redefinition of Catholicism.
In the history of manipulative political language, the term “progressive” surely occupies a high place. In its political and religious uses, “progressive” more often refers to regressive and primitive practices and ideas that undermine the development of civilization.
Obviously, Archbishop Gomez can’t prevent Cardinal Mahony from attending the conclave. But he shouldn’t weaken his original rebuke under bullying and factionalism. If anything, he should call on Cardinal Mahony to cease his self-justifying blogging.