From the fine blog of my friend Fr Ray Blake, the distingusihed p.p. of Brighton, comes this encomium of the Dean of Bexley, tenens locum of Blackfen, His Hermeneuticalness himself, Fr. Tim Finigan and a fun video he concatenated for the anniversary of Summorum Pontificum.
This is Fr Tim’s chart topping vid, he gave a rather interesting paper recently to Catholic Theological Assosciation on blogging as a New Movement. [This is interesting and, I think, correct. They both have grass roots origins, the greater hierarchy are slow in awareness much less recognition, with the change of a generation they come to greater prominence, they introduce freshness and energy and reach people whom the standard methods of outreach (if that is the right term) do not.]
It is the anniversary of the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum today, I had lunch recently with a young priest who is very much involved in promoting vocations, [Watch this… it exactly reflects my own experience of seminarians…] he was telling me about a meeting with a dozen or so young men who were either considering or considering considering the priesthood. All of them, he said, not one was not, were touched but the Extraordinary Form of the Mass either they attended it regularly or wanted to do so. I find it rather interesting as the Bishop of that particular diocese is rather publicly against Summorum Pontificum and all it stands for. [So, let’s introduce into the mix Fr. Finigan was talking about also the older form of Mass. New movement – blogosphere – Summorum Pontificum….]
As I said earlier The Exaltation of the Holy Cross was seen as a fixed point about which much of the Churches life revolved, to the Pope feasts and seasons are important. I can’t help thinking that SP is a great fulcrum of this Papacy, a great underlining of the Hermeneutic of Continuity. [This has been my assertion ever since the Motu Proprio was released. It will prove to be one of the most important acts of Benedict’s pontificate. It stands at the core of what I think is a “Marshall Plan” for the Church.] In a way it doesn’t matter whether people flock to it or not, it is what it signifies.
You can read the rest over there (and it is worth your time to do so).
Here is Fr. Finigan’s video.
If you follow the links in the aforementioned posts, you will find some rich material.