At three years of Summorum Pontificum the big question is: has it made any difference?
Damian Thompson on Holy Smoke makes some mordant comments, much to our surprise, about the third anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, together with giving some good links (and I thank him for the link back to this blog).
My emphases and comments:
Today is the third anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the Motu Proprio by which – to the dismay of control-freak liberal bishops everywhere – Pope Benedict XVI removed nearly all restrictions on the celebration of the Tridentine Rite of Mass. I’d like to point you in the direction of the very smart new website CatholicHerald.co.uk, which is running an online debate entitled “Is Summorum Pontificum a failure?”
My own view is that, while demand for the older form of the Roman Rite is – and probably will remain – limited, its reintroduction into Catholic life is proceeding slowly and surely. Brick by brick, as the great Fr Z likes to say. [Do I hear an "Amen!"?] It would be interesting to know how many seminarians and newly ordained priests in Europe and America plan to celebrate it. Anecdotal evidence suggests that a very high proportion would like to know how to use both the 1962 and modern Roman Missals. [And we all know that data is the plural of anecdote. Seriously, anecdotes do mean something.] There are already popular Latin Mass training sessions for priests in England and Wales; surely it’s now time, as the Catholic Herald suggested this week, for English seminaries to teach the rubrics of the Extraordinary Form. [And not just English seminaries. ALL seminaries.] The Bishops of England and Wales will make a great show of their loyalty to the Holy Father when he visits them in September. Well, this would be a good way for them to demonstrate it. [!]
A very good observation at the end.
This is something Pope Benedict really does want for the Church.