Under another entry, in a comment, a participant here raised an interesting question.
Many of us Latin Mass attendees have boys who also have affection for the “Beauty” of the Latin Mass … , and many of these young men are interested in the priesthood. It sure is sad that this fact is ignored in many of the places / dioceses where priests are needed most.
I wonder what would happen … what would happen with vocations … if a bishop, with a seminary or without, made it crystal clear that he (and the seminary) were going to make sure that every man was trained also in the older, traditional, Extraordinary form of Mass and he intended to support every priest who desired – cum serena pace – to celebrate that form in parishes.
Imagine an ad campaign from the diocese, the bishop speaking of this in talks about vocations and at parishes, writing in the diocesan paper, going to visit the seminarians in support, using the older form himself with generosity even if it is not his preference?
After all, a large percentage of priests and parishioners deal with liturgy that is not their preference all the time.
What would happen to the number of men applying for seminary?
We can get all dreamy about this, of course. Some older people and most liberals would simply freak out. They freak out anyway. Sure there would be some spittle-flecked dudgeon here and there. But consider the sort of person who would flare up like that about something both legitimate and sacred and the wave of the future anyway.
Who in the long run, Your Excellencies, will go to the wall for you when you are standing in the line of fire. I submit that that would be traditionally-minded priests, not liberals.
I suspect many men would come out of the woodwork. Good men, who otherwise might be thinking about going somewhere else to pursue priesthood. People in the pews? Remember those polls about what people would think about having the old Mass in their parishes?
I wonder what … would … happen? Do you?