In order to have a clear, effective voice in the world, Catholics need to have a clear understanding of who they are and what they believe.
In order to have a strong Catholic identity we must revitalize our Catholic worship.
In order to revitalize our Catholic worship we must reconnect our worship to our tradition – restore continuity.
"But Father! But Father!", you may be saying. "Why? Why are you not surprised?"
Because dear readers people aren’t stupid.
Paix Liturgique Exclusive Survey: in Germany, 44% of practicing Catholics would regularly attend the traditional Mass if the Motu Proprio was applied!
At least 44% of practicing Catholics in Germany would regularly participate in an Old Mass, if the requirements of the Motu Proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’ were established in their country.
This was reported by the French organization ‘paixliturgique.org‘ today in an article.
The organization maintains, that a great part of the German hierarchy is hostile to the liturgical rapprochement desired by the Pope.
The Bishops are at pains to disparage the numbers of requests for the Use of the Motu Proprio.
Indeed, now ‘paixliturgique.com’ has launched a representative poll with the US opinion research institute ‘Harris Interactive’. [Perhaps more professional than what US Catholic did recently?]
The poll was held from the 18th to the 25th of February. 2,611 Catholic households in Germany with ages above 18 were questioned. Here are the questions and answers:
First Question: Do you go to Holy Mass?
Every Week: 5.9% [Holy cow.]
Once a Month: 4.1% [Remember this stat too.]
For a big Holy Day: 18.9%
Occasionally (e.g., weddings, funerals): 42.3%
Second Question: Do you know, that the Pope has allowed two forms of Mass, a modern one with the people facing the priest and communion in the hand, and the traditional latin, with the priest facing the altar and Communion orally received on the knees?
No: 56.9% [WHAT?]
Third Question: Would it be normal, if both forms were regularly celebrated in your community?
Normal: 50,6% [TA DA!]
Not Normal: 24.5%
No Opinion: 24.9%
[HERE WE GO...] Fourth Question: Would you attend the old Mass, even if the new Mass were also celebrated nearby?
Answer of regular or monthly Massgoers:
25 percent would participate every week.
19 percent would participate once a month. [44%]
9 percent would participate by great feasts. [Which means many more.]
40 percent would occasionally [wow] participate.
7 percent would never, [ever?] attend. [wow, only 7?]
The organization ‘paixliturgique.com’ maintains, that every fourth German who practices would attend the Old Mass every Sunday, if he had the opportunity in his community. [1 in 4]
A further 19 percent would at least attend the old Mass once a month. That gives a total figure of 44 percent.
In Germany 1,185,310 Catholics go to Mass every Sunday. A further 823,690 visit Church services at least once a month.
‘Paixliturgique.com’ informs, that this investigation in Germany yielded similar results in Paris, Versailles, Italy and all of France. [So... all the blather from liberals that there isn't much interest is ... what... blather?]
Opposition against the Old Mass is, with 25 Percent of all Catholics, in a decisive minority.
Catholic Knight reports similar numbers for the States, here.
The key is marketing. The key is word of mouth. Word of mouth is very power.
I would like to make recommendations.
- If you not are attending Holy Mass regularly on Sundays and feasts, get off your rear ends and go. Especially if other depend on you. If you are not going regularly, you are endangering your soul. Hell is real and forever. A couple hours of your precious week isn’t too much to give to GOD.
- If you have found a church with Holy Mass that really appeals to you, invite people to go. You all know people who have fallen away or who are falling or who have a hard time going. Just do it.
- If you are regularly attending Holy Mass in a traditional form, start inviting people to go with you to experience what you experience.
- If you are regularly going to Holy Mass, but not in the traditional form, and if you don’t know it: find a way to good. Experience this important facet of the Roman Rite.
Never underestimate the power of your invitation.
You have an incredibly power tool at your disposal.
Everyone appreciates an invitation. They might not accept (at first), but they will be flattered that you made it. You might need to invite 10 people until 1 comes, or 1 person 10 times. But invitations are powerful.
What would happen to a community were everyone to start inviting people? Evangelicals do this. Can’t we?
I think we have a moral and spiritual imperative to help fallen away Catholics return to their faith, and help people who are confused find clarity.
It may be that people don’t like what they experience. At least they will make an informed decision. We should not be afraid of their reactions. At the same time, do everything in your power to make sure that their experience is of Holy Mass and not … well… jerks.
- Show joy. Few things you show others when you invite them are going to be more attractive to others.
- Don’t run down what they are regularly experiencing.
- Be ready to give reasons for… what they are about to experience.
- Don’t be jerks.
- This applies to how you approach priests whom you hope to have celebrate Holy Mass in a reverent and Catholic manner.
Get out there and start inviting.