From a reader:
Dear Fr. Z,
A few months ago you asked people to write in with their experiences after 2 years of Summorum Pontificum.
I come from Cornwall, an isolated county in the extreme south-west of England, and an area with very few Catholics. [And very little spoken Cornish!]
Two years ago, before the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio, we had no celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass in our county at all. Two years later we have-
1. Two parishes which have instigated weekly Masses in the EF.
2. A third Parish which has instigated a monthly EF Mass to start off with.
3. A Religious House with declining vocations was taken over by a young and orthodox Religious Order who now offer a Sung Mass in the EF every day of the week! The presence of this Order has also inspired at least one religious vocation among young people I know, and probably several more.
4. Another Priest, I hear, is learning to say the EF Mass, and the observant eye can also notice the difference in the way some Priests are celebrating the Novus Ordo, with more dignity and sobriety, especially those Priests who have learnt to say the Extraordinary Form.
Of course, the naysayers who want everything to change overnight (wasn’t overnight change exactly what got us into the present predicament!) would not be satisfied with these changes, but for us who live in a very isolated area of England (we share a land border of only about 10 miles with the rest of our country), these changes mean a lot to us, and hopefully they are only the beginning of greater things to come. And it is all things to the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio- there is definately no way these things would have happened without him having done what he has done.
God Bless Pope Benedict XVI, and please ask all your readers to pray for Cornwall- we are a land with an ancient Christian tradition and the home of many, many saints. Please God that thanks to what the Pope is doing for the Church we will have many conversions and our land would return to the Faith of its Fathers!
Huzzay for Cornwall
It would have been nice to learn more than just availability, but how things are going, experiences, reactions…