Your responses to my request for reflections on Summorum Pontificum

For the one year anniversary of the release of Summorum Pontificum, on 7 July, I asked you readers to post some of your own thoughts about what the Motu Proprio has meant to you, what the provisions have done for you, one way or another.

Your response has been generous and rich with interesting comments.

I warmly invite you to go over to that entry and spend some time reading through the responses. 

There are over 140 posted so far.

I am impressed and I think you will be too.


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  1. RichR says:

    Fr. Z,

    Maybe you could assemble these posts into a book.

  2. Peter Karl T. Perkins says:

    Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf:

    Thank you for posting these reactions to “Summorum Pontificum”. I don’t generally post here any more owing to the removal of some of my longer posts. I don’t feel that this is the best forum for the analyses I would prefer to offer but understand that the moderators do not have the time to pore through it all. However, I still want to thank you for the information you are providing.

    I find that the sitaution at my own S.P. Mass, celebrated every Sunday since Easter, is comparable to that of some of the posters. We don’t have an ideal location or time and we cannot advertise in the diocesan paper but, other than that, conditions are superb. We have a very holy priest as our celebrant, and he has done a great deal to advance our Mass. For example, he is restoring the Altar rail with a houseling cloth.

    Our numbers every Sunday are comparable to what they were when our Indult Mass was cancelled some years ago: about 30 to 35 per Sunday. I feel that, should more advertising be permitted, we could increase that number. I keep everyone well organised on an e-mail list and serve at the Altar on alternate Sundays. Altar boys do so the rest of the time. I think that our Bishop is supportive of our Mass and will permit modest advertising in time. He probably feels that he must placate a largely liberal but ageing company of priests.

    I would say that our Mass is not transforming the Church and there is no ‘groundswell’ but we didn’t expect one. That will take much more. But every journey starts, well, you know that one.

    Peter Karl T. Perkins
    Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

  3. I don’t think a paper book is the thing – but a subsidiary, static web page with everything slightly reformatted would be great!

    And, Karl – Fr. Zuhlsdorf is on his own. There are no moderators!

    So someone should volunteer to do the webpage for him! Father, if you’re interested, I have a little time before the end of July….

  4. Rey says:

    I requested the TLM in my church with no success.

  5. Rejoicing, on my own natal anniversary, the gift to the world of the full freedom of Christ’s Church to worship with all due reverence and glory our Father and Creator God in the holy Rite dated from the year of my birth.
    Quid retribuam Domino…

  6. Annibale says:

    Short and sweet: I think it was a big mistake. It’s a big yawner in our large mid-west diocese. Still the same couple of unreformed liturgies each week with the same 30 – 50 people. Doubt that y’all want to hear much more from me on this.

  7. Annibale: Not in this entry about that, no! Go to the other entry. That’s what it’s for!

  8. Irulats says:

    Peter Karl T. Perkins, “I would say that our Mass is not transforming the Church”;

    Believe this, your Mass is transforming “the world”

    Keep praying it,

    God Bless!

  9. Jorge says:

    Declaring Traditional Latin Mass a World’s Heritage by UNESCO? Why not?

  10. Oliver says:

    Peter Perkins is right. Those who want the old Mass are already receiving it somewhere. The market for such is being saturated with indult purveyors, Ecclesia Dei proteges, SSPX and other independents, all offering their authentic product to a bewildered crowd hovering on the margins of modern religious life. Without proper parish structures supporting traditionalists from the cradle to the grave, the hoped-for growth in this sector will not happen. I am sure Rome knows this and never planned for any solid alternative to the Novus Ordo establishment. As a frequent visitor to Italy, I can well understand the value of borrowing from antiquity to inspire an otherwise insipid modernity, but one can hope that the whimsical official revival of the old liturgy will have lasting appeal beyond the confines of tourism and a desire for a slice of the traditional pie.

  11. I just returned from a a four day conference called Orientale Lumen, in which the theology and hymnology of the 12 major feasts was the concern. A number of Eastern Catholic and Orthodox participated in the symposium. Divine Liturgy was served each day in a common chapel, alternating between Each community. The Sense of the emerging church was evident to all. Participation sacramentally was restricted, but both communities worshipped and assisted each other as servants and brothers. We were delighted to have the eminent Fr. Robert Taft, SJ as the main speaker. He is a remarkable man who can understand each side and point of view with clarity of vision. I felt sorry for the Roman Catholic participants, who were rather silent. However, the free time brought out the new found joy that everyone was feeling with theological precision of His Holiness, Pope Benedict. We discussed the impact of Summorum Pontificum and Liturgical Continuity. I certainly recommended this blog as an avenue of liturgical re education. I would love to see a conference developed to discuss the various liturgical families and how the return to the fount of liturgical roots can help all of us to worship the Lord in gladness of heart. Fr. Taft left us with a prod found ikon of liturgy as he referred to the creation of Adam in the Sistence Chapel. He pointed out the image of God activly moving toward Adam, who remains rather passive. In the scene the finger of the Father is seeking the finger of Adam, but they do not connect. Father’s point was it is the Mass or Liturgy theat is the connection of man to God. All of us were swept away in awe. Please understand that the rediscovery of liturgical beauty and faithfulness begun by the Holy Father last year is indeed reverberating throughout the Orthodox and Catholic Worlds. Glory to god for all things.

  12. I am not Spartacus says:

    We were delighted to have the eminent Fr. Robert Taft, SJ as

    Even though I do not agree with everything he writes, I think it a shame he is so seldom read by Catholics I know.

    He has an abundance of knowledge and a way of putting things that is invigorating and memorable.

    If only he weren’t so shy and indecisive :)

  13. Yes, Spartacus, that he is, lol! What was also interesting is the involvement of ROCOR
    CLERGY; in fact one of the presenters was a nun who is working on her doctorate at the Orientale Institute, with Father Robert serving as her mentor. A year ago this would not have happened. Pope Benedict is touching the whole world by his humility, in his restoring the beautiful to the Liturgy, but most importantly in his theology done on his knees. May God grant him 100 years.

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