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.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake