Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It's not just nostalgia

On a busy day, it's great to receive stories like this in my email box that are of interest to readers. Thanks, Bob! Now this is the kind of news reporting that the traditional rite deserves.

The Tridentine Mass, the Latin-only rite both loved and hated by many Catholics for its medieval qualities, is roaring back into use after a July 7 papal decree loosened the rules on celebrating it.

Two traditional priestly societies dedicated to the rite report that priests from all over the country are signing up in droves for weeklong classes to learn the rituals and language of the Mass, named after the 16th-century Council of Trent.

Monsignor Michael Schmitz, vicar-general of the Florence, Italy-based Institute of Christ the King, said he has received hundreds of calls from interested clergy.

"This is a nationwide phenomenon," he said. "Many more parish priests and younger priests are interested in learning to celebrate the Latin Mass....read the rest here.


318@NICE said...

Our priest told us Sunday that 250 parishes in the United States have contacted the SSPX Angelus Press asking for Mass kits and they have sold over 1,100 1962 Missals since July 7th. Also, there have been many requests by priests wanting the kit of books that the SSPX publishes explaining everything about the SSPX. Even Amazon.com bought 160 1962 Missals from the SSPX to sell.

Things might changing for the better in some parts of the United States.


paramedicgirl said...

Dave, I've always maintained that the SSPX are the upholders of tradition. Didn't Archbishop Lefebvre say that one day the conciliar church would turn to the SSPX to learn about their own forgotten traditions? Even though I don't attend the SSPX chapels, I am very grateful to them for their commitment to preserving the sacred traditions of our Church.