Friday, August 03, 2007

Longterm effects of Summorum Pontificum

~By now, we can recite the litany of responses (The Party LineTM...dubbed by Fr. Z) in our sleep to Summorum Pontificum. What about the longterm? Here is an excerpt via TNLM, an article by Fr. Tattersall, FSSP, on Young Catholics
Firstly, over a period of time, we must expect a greater and more diffuse use of the older Missal. Already, in various dioceses around the world, there are stable communities adhering fully to the older usage, served by clergy of the various Ecclesia Dei congregations, such as the Institute of Christ the King and the Fraternity of St Peter.

These will remain, but in addition we can expect to see the older usage emerge as a regular feature of parish life in places that continue to use mainly the newer usage. This will gain traction as the generational change identified as a key issue by the Pope in his letter to the bishops gathers pace: ' [I]t has clearly been demonstrated that young persons too have discovered this liturgical form [that of 1962], felt its attraction and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them.'

The emergence at World Youth Day 2005 of Juventutem, a chapter of youth committed to the traditional liturgical usages, is but one example of this - and Juventutem will again have a presence at WYD 2008 in Australia.

Let us consider for a moment the impact this decision should have on seminary formation. If the Pope's insistence in Sacramentum Caritatis that seminarians are to learn how to celebrate Mass in Latin is to be taken seriously, and if we are now assured in Summorum Pontificum that there is but one Roman Rite with two usages, it is not out of order to expect students for the priesthood to be given the opportunity to learn to how to celebrate both usages of their own Rite.

No doubt it will be objected from various quarters that such requirements 'do not apply in Australia': the fact remains that we are talking about the Catholic Church, not the Australian Church, and I am not aware that the Pope's universal jurisdiction stops at Timor.

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