The newly elevated Cardinal Roche, formerly Bishop of Leeds, but now Prefect of the Dicastery for Devine Worship and the Sacraments, has given an interview to The Tablet. In it, he describes supporters of the older form of the Mass as "stubbornly opposing" the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. He says that these people are "putting themselves to the edges of the Church" and "becoming more Protestant than Catholic".
These statements have met with both derision and amusement throughout the traditionalist world. To many it seems incredible that the Cardinal can describe those who align themselves with the form of the Mass that has been prevalent throughout most of the history of the Church as Protestant, when compared with those who prefer the newer form that has existed for merely 60 years. Does Cardinal Roche not understand that the reforms that followed Vatican II were designed to make the Mass more closely resemble the Protestant liturgies?