Tom, I think the Church has always been more known for bering "One, Holy, Roman, Catholic and Apostolic" than being either a big tent or dipolar. In my opinion, Athanasius, the early Church Father, that almost singlehandedly led the Church to overcome Arianism, might take issue with the comparison of the idea that there are two different appeals or characters in the Masses in question, one in an intellectually oriented TLM and the other in an emotionally oriented NO, with the divine and human natures of Jesus Christ. His coinage and preaching of the doctrine, Hypostatic union of those natures, helped put Arianism out of business. In my opinion, the TLM appeals to the craving for the sublime in our emotions and the NO more to the sympathetic. So, in my opinion, I think that is a false dichotomy.
What do you think?
I attended RCIA training classes with my friend who is in charge of the program at a local parish, and when it was brought up that the Church needed to be more culturally sensitive to people of other cultures by saying Mass in the local language, my friend made an interesting statement about Latin being the solution as the universal language. People throughout the world could be as one if the Church maintained one language--Latin. Of course, his answer did not get a serious response. Still, I see some truth in what he said, and I suppose people everywhere could learn this one, universal language for the Mass. I think we sometimes get into trouble when we view Jesus through just the human lens. I stopped going to, and helping with RCIA, at another, more "progressive" parish when I had enough of the pastor's Jesus Seminar take on who Christ is. And, clearly, at that parish, Arianism seemed to be alive, but I am not sure I could defend my claim. Heretical beliefs were made, but I did not write to the Bishop because I might be in over my head, and did not want to shoot from the hip if I was wrong.
Perhaps the "big tent" statement I heard, and echoed, needs to be reconsidered. Please comment more on my response and I will try to better articulate my thoughts. In short, what I did not like when I returned to Mass roughly 4 or 5 years ago, was this focus on Kumbaya (?) instead of, as you put it, the sublime worship of the Almighty. The catechist made it sound that we stopped serving the Lord at the dismissal, and by extension, I believe he felt that changes in the Mass that made us "bow to the god in each other," is was what Jesus implied when he made his Great Commandment. Feel free to assist me with this.