At the end of October, 26-28 October to be precise, is the annual Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome. People from all over travel to Rome to participate in traditional liturgy, processions and talks… and to make contacts and greet old friends.
I have kicked myself the times I did not go. Also, it is a nice birthday present to myself. [You can click the flag to make a donation toward my expenses.]
I will be in Rome from about 23-30 October. Alas, a too short visit.
During that time, it would be nice to catch up with people who read these pages. Perhaps there will be a chance for a “blognic”. I’ll have Mass each day as well.
Benedict XVI’s 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum was of monumental importance for the future revitalization of the life of the Church.
It was important from the day it was issued. It is even more important now that we are all suffering from The Present Crisis.
Let’s be clear about something.
We who are engaged in the restoration of our sacred worship through tradition aren’t so engaged because we think we are better or holier than everyone who uses the newer forms. While we want to take to heart the positive admonishment of Paul at the beginning of his first letter to the community at Corinth, we recognize that we are sinners in a Church founded precisely for sinners. The older forms of the Roman Rite teach us something about our identity which the newer forms – especially the way they are celebrated, but in themselves as well – do not.
We are our rites.
That’s why we have to have a restoration of so much that was lost. If we are going to find our way our of The Present Crisis, we need the untrammeled might that flows from tapping into Tradition which is itself a gift from God.
We must do all we can, each according to our vocations, to help in the revitalization and restoration of Catholic identity. The use of the older, traditional forms of sacred liturgical worship will be of great value as we pick our way through the rubble and go forward together.