I’m in the hall at the Angelicum for the day conference on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum going into effect.
As we start… in one view Martin Mosebach, Cardinals Burke and Müller.
Archbp. Pozzo gave a good talk. He included stats about the growth of the use the Vetus Ordo over the last 10 years, without the SSPX and occasional. One thing that stood out were the numbers for the USA. And yet at this conference the is not a single American voice scheduled. Once again, it is Eurocentric. Pozzo said that in Columbia in 2007 there were 5 Masses available for Sunday.. Now there are 40. Small but good growth. In France there were 104 which grew to 221. Italy 30 to 56. In USA 230-480.
Might there have been some American presence?
With Archbp. Pozzo.
I shared my concern that, while we rightly praise the work of institutes set up under the umbrella of Ecclesia Dei, diocesan priests are the ones who really suffer and risk a lot to implement SP. Also, while the institutes, etc., do great work, the real gains will come when diocesan priests really dig in.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Burke listening to Cardinal Sarah. Does it get better than that?
With my old friend John Allen of CRUX. We are trying to figure out a lunch time.
On the way to church for Mass, I spotted this.
Column of Trajan, old, but never gets old.
Our Lady Loretto.
More adventures tomorrow.
I really enjoyed talking to great people today, some readers of this blog and folks and allies whom I’ve know for years.
I need to absorb a couple good points from the day.
Everyone should know that there were people here from HONG KONG! I must seek them out. I would love to say Mass for them in Hong Kong.
There was also a representative from women religious from waaaaaaaay far north in northern SWEDEN. That’s cool. And we had a message from Catholics in Tanzania.
However, as far as the conference is concerned, I would have hoped that it was help at a center that was better suited for the crowd and the temperatures. It was terribly uncomfortable. They needed a place like the Augustininaum, with its state of art meeting place. That greatly diminished the day. Also, the lack of an American – South or North – was a terrible lacuna, bordering on, well, insulting. Europeans… the world doesn’t revolve around you in this thing we have going with SP.
The talks had some good points, but in the main there was nothing particularly electrifying. Card. M had some good side comments on issues concerning translations. Card. Sarah, at the very end, gave an insight about whether or not we should refer to ourselves as traditionalists or just as catholics. A canonist gave a great talk on legal issues, from the time of the first changes in 1965 to the present day: I learned a few things! Were it not for the horrid heat and uncomfortable locale, it would have gotten more than three stars for the day.
Still, what a great pleasure to be with so many good people.
And I am getting texts from the Diocese of the Extraordinary Ordinary! They are getting ready for the Pontifical Mass at the Throne!
WE ARE DOING IT!