Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy Summorum Pontificum Day



This is Fr Tim's chart topping vid, he gave a rather interesting paper recently to Catholic Theological Assosciation on blogging as a New Movement
It is the anniversary of the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum today, I had lunch recently with a young priest who is very much involved in promoting vocations, he was telling me about a meeting with a dozen or so young men who were either considering or considering considering the priesthood. All of them, he said, not one was not, were touched but the Extraordinary Form of the Mass either they attended it regularly or wanted to do so. I find it rather interesting as the Bishop of that particular diocese is rather publicly against Summorum Pontificum and all it stands for.

As I said earlier The Exaltation of the Holy Cross was seen as a fixed point about which much of the Churches life revolved, to the Pope feasts and seasons are important. I can't help thinking that SP is a great fulcrum of this Papacy, a great underlining of the Hermeneutic of Continuity. In a way it doesn't matter whether people flock to it or not, it is what it signifies.
Quite a bit of my correspondence is with young clergy and seminarians. The JPII and BXVI generation are not the hippies who in some places still teach them or are their superiors, Do pray for those who offer themselves generously to God and crave for Orthodox Catholic teaching and formation and receive... err, crap instead. Though things are changing, there are excellent seminaries and houses of formation around but there are also some that  are run by men who are simply unable to see that the Church, and especially young people, has moved on. Unfortunately Tina Batty's and Ma Popehater's disciples are still in power, often in roles of formation, in their own little world's like a seminary, they have great power and can create a great deal of misery.
So pray for seminarians and younger clergy.

8 comments:

EFpastor emeritus said...

Maybe we should also pray for Biishops to have the courage to staop the sale in their cathedral of that cess-pit of ..err crap....the Tablet

Supertradmum said...

Thank you Father Blake for this. Too bad I did not think of making Summorum Pontificum birthday cards and sending them to all the bishops of England and Wales.

Pray for my son, who is at Wonersh and loves it.

Jacobi said...

Fr.,

I often wonder why young men who offer themselves to the priesthood and come up against such resistance to “The Mass of Ages” don’t instead go to the several excellent orders that use only the traditional liturgy.

I suspect these orders are, after all, the future, or at least a significant part of it?

Fr Ray Blake said...

STM,
I am glad he is there, I am always very impressed by the staff and students, it is one of the good seminaries.
It wasn't always but it is now.

romishgraffiti said...

I often wonder why young men who offer themselves to the priesthood and come up against such resistance to “The Mass of Ages” don’t instead go to the several excellent orders that use only the traditional liturgy.

How does recruitment (for lack of a better word) to these traditional orders happen anyway? Do they start out as diocesan seminarians and then express interest? If more and more choose this route, will it come to a head and dioceses complain about vocation poaching?

Athelstane said...

I often wonder why young men who offer themselves to the priesthood and come up against such resistance to “The Mass of Ages” don’t instead go to the several excellent orders that use only the traditional liturgy.

The fact remains: You have to go further out of your way to seek out the FSSP, the ICRSS, the IBP...and that's not the way vocations have traditionally worked. Typically, young men found their vocation right in their home parish. It's not surprising that a large percentage of the vocations of these societies comes from parishes they run or are present in.

It' also tougher to get in. These societies typically have waiting lists.

Some may also feel that a vocation in a traditional order is too confining. That they can make a greater impact in diocesan parish life. And there is some truth to that, too: that's where the vast majority of Catholics still are right now.

Supertradmum said...

On religious orders: firstly, a vocation to a religious order is not the same as a vocation to the secular priesthood. The two are very different. Secular priests serve a diocese and a bishop. Orders of priests are missionaries and may be sent all over the world. In addition. orders take some vows seculars do not. It is a different call. So the question is not one of recruitment, but where and in what manner God is calling a particular man.

Pablo the Mexican said...

Summorum Pontificum,

but then we are served this:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2012/09/14/lay-people-to-preside-at-funerals-in-liverpool/

I swear I am jumping out of my coffin and chasing them down the street if they even drive by my Funeral Mass!


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