|Source: New Liturgical Movement|
(To the very conservative Catholics reading this: do not be afraid. The need for reverence will never disappear, the radical nature of priestly and religious life is not altered, and the objectively greater beauty of the old Mass is uncontested.)
I find this concept of a line in most Catholics' minds, but let me make it clear for anyone still confused:
On one side of the Catholic line, there are Masses said in the Extraordinary Form. There are religious in full habit (including priests in cassocks, nuns with wimples, and barefoot Franciscans), contemplatives behind grilles, and Latin chant without accompaniment. There's Lectio Divina and much liturgical reverence. There are old words (like "Matins") and a growing number of young people. There is intense devotion to God's will.
|Source: Apostles of the Interior Life|
And the truth is: the line is a distraction. There are different customs, but one Church who strives to love her Spouse by every possible means. Striving authentically for this love and supported by our Lord's fidelity, how can She err? What about guitars can harm a Lord unconquered by death?
It's undeniable that there excesses called "liberal" and "conservative," and certainly so many examples come to your mind that I don't need to cite examples. (Canonically illicit lay clothing for religious, liturgical abuse, sedevacantism.... Oops, I just cited examples.) These are all true failures in devotion to Christ. But why should these make us allergic to legitimate devotion?
I am stepping over this line. I am not conservative or liberal. I am Catholic, charged with traditional and commanded to be open. I will boldly pursue this divine Bridegroom wherever He goes, unafraid of a few guitars.