And the books and authors have an agenda. If one doesn't like the NO the easy accusation is that it is Protestant. Except of course those who have been to Protestant services and realize they would never contemplate some of the nonsense that occurs in the Latin Church, which has everything to do with attitude and nothing to do with the form or substance of the NO.
I couldn't bear to read through every post, so if I'm repeating something someone already mentioned, please forgive me.
In answer to the OP: Which Catholic Church? Pre-Vatican II or post-Vatican II? They seem to me, even with so many similarities, to be almost 2 different Churches/faiths altogether.
That's not really a good sign coming from a Catholic person, and a bit sad, too.
Well, the post VII Church is in a very, very sad and sorry state. Dare I say, almost as much Protestant as "Catholic". (Maybe more so?)
Can you please explain that more ? Like what is Protestant in the Catholic Church ?
Whole articles and books have addressed this. I don't have the time to answer your question in the manner that it deserves, so I would invite you to do your own research. You might take as a starting point the differences, both in form and substance, between the Novus Ordo Mass and the pre-VII Latin Mass. Did you know that protestant theologians were brought in for "consultation" in the formation of the N.O. Mass? Unbelievable, really!!
Work of Human Hands: A Theological Critique of the Mass of Paul VI by Fr. Anthony Cekada. Check it out here.
The Ottaviani Intervention: Short Critical Study of the New Order of Mass Here.
Resources about this abound.
Of course they have an agenda. Is there something inherently wrong with that? They want a return to the Catholic Church as it was before VII. And...really...who could blame them? Not me!
I've been to a few Protestant services, though, thankfully not many. What I see in the N.O. Mass as served up at my local parish, which even looks Protestant for the most part, is eerily similar. Not identical, of course, thanks be to God...but yes, eerily similar.
I recognize that the N.O. Mass is "valid", etc., etc. and that the Eucharist IS the Body and Blood of Christ (though, sometimes one might wonder, given certain priests). But it is a completely watered down, totally bland, vanilla poor imitation of what preceded it and not even close to the splendor of the Divine Liturgy. The minimalists seem to have, if not won outright, then dealt some extremely damaging blows to the Catholic Church, her liturgical practices, and her theology--so much so that when I actually SEE a Latin Mass and SEE and experience a D.L. and compare and contrast it to even a pretty reverent N.O. Mass, I am left aghast.