Summorum Pontificum is bearing fruit!
I received this wonderful bit of news via e-mail from a seminarian at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, in Philadelphia:
I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that the rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia made the announcement tonight at the rector’s dinner. Next semester St. Charles will have the Mass according to the 1962 Missal, an elective on the Mass and Sacraments from the 1962 form, and the Eucharist and Liturgy classes will be modified to cover the extraordinary form.
These are all the details for now. God Bless Pope Benedict! We never thought this could ever happen, even a year ago. There will be celebration tonight in Philadelphia!
Clearly this move has huge importance for all the seminaries in the United States!
I think some of the seminarians tore off from the meeting to dash off messages to WDTPRS. Here is another note which described the news this way (slightly edited):
Excellent news! St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, which trains seminarians frmm about 17 dioceses will be having the Traditional Latin Mass here starting next semester. Our rector just announced it to us tonight and many of us were very excited. He even said they will incorporate the theology of the Traditional Mass into our semester class on the Eucharist, as well as offer an elective class to the theology students on how to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass.
This decree came straight from Cardinal Rigali, the Archbishop of Philadelphia. We have yet to receive details on how often the Mass will be celebrated, but either way, this news is overwhelmingly exciting!
You can hear the energy this has inspired in the writer!
But wait… there’s more! Another note:
Good news from the front!
The rector here at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary has just announced that the seminary will be saying the Traditional Latin Mass in accord with the Motu Proprio. He also said that the seminary will be offering a course on how to say the Extraordinary Form as well as how to perform all the pertinent sacraments in that form with a proper understanding of the theology of it. Additionally, this theology will be incorporated in the course on the Eucharist. This plan was drafted a while ago, sent to the Cardinal, and was recently approved. Further details concerning the nature and frequency of the Holy Sacrifice will be announced at the beginning of next semester (Spring 2008).
This announcement has been such an encouragement to the many traditional minded seminarians here. We rejoice greatly over this great gift that God has given us as we await His Greatest Gift, His Son, Jesus Christ.
Isn’t this positive news?
Now I urge all these men to be prudent and charitable and pay attention to #2 of the Rules of Engagement.
I hope we will have constant updates about the Masses and the classes!
I am very happy for seminarians all over the United States. I know that in St. Louis steps were being taken in this direction. Now Philadelphia.
WDTPRS applauds the Rector of St. Charles and his Eminence the Archbishop!