Or “saving a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age”
What kind of mass was Chesterton attending in his day and familiar with? The Tridentine Mass or the Latin Mass. What sort of response would Chesterton have given to the Motu Proprio?
I’m going to let Chesterton answer that himself and then leave you, my readers, with a point by point discussion of what the Motu Proprio means by Dr. Marshall Taylor.
First, Chesterton was always a defender of tradition. Countless books and essays attest to this fact. But it wasn’t because of his particular sensibility for tradition but a very logical case he lays out of the dangers of throwing traditions away for progressivism and to protect oneself from what he called “the degrading slavery of being a child of his age”. He actually found progressivism to be “narrower and more restrictive”. And after Motu Proprio and its very pointed and rigid restrictions, many might now agree with him. But let’s turn now to Dr. Marshall and his discussion of what this all means.
Dr. Taylor Marshall goes through the whole document and explains quickly what you need to know.
Afterword’s, you may enjoy reading Chesterton’s “Why I Am A Catholic“