In Brazil, within the Diocese of Campos, there is a “Personal Apostolic Administration” dedicated to St. John Vianney (PAASJV). Just as there is a “Personal Ordinariate” for former Anglicans, which have their own governance and liturgical books, etc. and which overlaps dioceses, or just as there are “national parishes” within the geographic territory of another parish, the PAASJV has its own bishop, its own clergy, etc., within the territory of the Diocese of Campos. It is “personal” in the sense that it is for “persons” who are dedicated to traditional expressions of our Catholic Faith.
It seems to be thriving.
Here’s a mind exercise for bishops who are concerned – as they ought to be – about shifting demographics and the challenge of “new” evangelization, etc.
How about trying tradition.
In these USA at least this is a fast growing sector of a shifting Catholic population… shifting to the door, that is.
Traditional Catholics, still a minority, are worth your time. They are worth your TLC because they are members of your flock. They are also worth your TLC because their numbers are growing, they are having lots of children, they tend to more generous in their giving and, if treated well, they would go to the wall for you.
But, no. Traditional Catholics are, in these USA, still the single most marginalized sector in the Church. Some other special interest group pops up and you run around with your hair on fire ready to say Masses for them, get something in to the diocesan budget for them, assign someone to over see them. Traditional Catholics? Pfffft.
Anyway, here is a video from the PAASJV’s Bp. Rifan, whom I’ve met when he celebrated a Pontifical Mass in NYC some years ago.