I use the following good news as a stepping stone into a little rant of my own.
A reader with the Latin Mass Society in the UK sent me a copy of a letter they received from the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" concerning the April training workshop at Ushaw College for priests who desired to learn to say Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
Here is a bit of the letter, with my emphasis:
While thanking you for the communication, I congratulate the organisers most heartily for such an opportune and necessary initiative, and I urge you to persevere in this path, always in full communion with the Apostolic See and in humble obedience to the Supreme Pontiff.
Mons. Guido Pozzo
"Opportune and necessary." "Persevere."
We need more workshops.
Our identity as Catholics is inextricably bound together with the way we pray as a Church.
Only with a solid identity can we, as Catholics, have something positive and healthy to offer to the world at large, a clear voice offering important contributions in the public square.
To give shape and strength to our Catholic identity in these difficult times, we need an authentic liturgical renewal, a renewal that reintegrates us with our tradition, brings us into continuity with the deep roots of our Catholic Christian experience of two millennia.
Younger priests will tell you that after learning the traditional Latin Mass they never say Holy Mass in the Novus Ordo the same way. There are things you learn about priesthood and Holy Mass from the traditional Latin Mass that you simply don’t pick up from the Novus Ordo, especially as it is usually celebrated in so many of our parishes and chapels.
How a priest says Mass affects a parish profoundly, at the level of reverence, vocations, everything.
Support priests who want to learn the older form of Holy Mass.
Invite them, suggest to them that they learn the whole Roman Rite.
Be ready to ante-up to send them to a workshop and get them the resources and tools they require.