The conference continues in its second day.
I am having internet problems, as usual in Rome.
Quickly, for the next session starts soon, I just wrote this for my weekly column in The Wanderer:
As I write, I am in Rome, attending a conference sponsored by a group called “Youth and Tradition”, but under the aegis also of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” (PCED). The meeting marks 1st anniversary of Pope Benedict’s derestriction of traditional forms of Holy Mass, liturgy and the sacraments with his Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. There are three days of meetings and many speakers about sundry topics, mostly having to do with the character of the Extraordinary Form and how it responds in a particularly apposite way to some of the challenges Holy Church is facing in this modern age. One of the interesting points I have picked up might also be of use to you readers. The Vice-President of the PCED, Msgr. Camille Perl, remarked that with the anniversary of the Motu Proprio the “atmosphere” regarding traditional liturgy has changed, even though perhaps the “climate” has not. His point is that a “climate” is a much longer term issue. There is still a long way to go. It has only been one year, very short in the life in the Church, and we must have great patience. The Church has her cycles and her seasons. I think that the silly season, and the period of distorted reform, is passing. The atmosphere is changing. The climate is changing too, but more slowly. Slowly, but discernibly. The seeds we sow now, or the roots we revive, will bear fruit in the future. We can have the occasional hot October day in the part of the world where I grew up, and frosty nights in May. But the seasons do change as the world turns, slides around the sun, and our lives are spun along with them.
In any event, I have taken lots of photos and made some audio recordings of talks. There is a lot of "speech making" during the Q&A period, so those moments have been rather a disappointment. Lot’s of hurt and frustration coming, especially from the Italians.
I think people in the US and UK should thank their lucky starts that the situation in their countries is what it is. More about that down the line, perhaps.
BTW… I know that a Roman daily rather trashed what Msgr. Perl said yesterday. His talk was good and realistic. I noted with attention that he went after not only bishops who resist Summorum Pontificum but also religious superiors.
Back to the oars!