As I said earlier I was delighted spend time in the company of such a splendid band of priests. The Latin Mass Society have to be congratulated for pampering us a bit, with their generous hospitallity. Though someone did suggest that the strictures of the timetable made it feel like "Traddie Boot Camp"!
I was so glad to meet the learned Alcuin Reid, another of my heroes, during one of his talks he said that Summorum Pontificum had made the Traditional Rites and those who love them mainstream.
So many of the priests, without rancour, told of the crosses they had carried. A very bright friend of mine, for the first time, told me that when his bishop finally agreed to ordain him, told him that he would never be sent for further study because he didn't want him reading "those books". This is the same bishop who refused point blank to ordain another man because he wrote "those books". Such a waste! There were other priests who were just left to rot in tiny, poor parishes, with their talents and skills unused.
The younger priests, who really were in the majority, told similar stories, one who said the Traditional Mass on his day off attracted a congregation of four or five had his parish priest forbid them to be present.
I think the real difference between the generations is that young know that they have a friend and supporter in the Supreme Pontiff, and that they have the backing of the law of the Church. Priest of my generation and older men felt we were preserving something valuable from the past; younger priest know that they are at the beginning of something important for the future: they are the future.
I thought it was interesting that dioceses where bishops have shown themselves less than sympathetic to things traditional had the most participants: five from Clifton, four from Plymouth, four from Leeds where Bishop Roche issued an infamous document appropriating to himself rights given by the Pope to priests. There were also a sprinkling of priests from the US, Africa and one from Australia, and four monks from Belmont.
Apparently all the Bishop's of England and Wales were invited, only Bishop David McGough, who was preventing from coming by his sisters death, and Bishop McMahon of Nottingham accepted the invitation, no wonder he received such a thunderous ovation from the clergy at dinner, a little less than that give when he mentioned Pope Benedict which was accompanied by a great deal of table banging and cries of "Viva" and even, "Magnus est", and must of gone on for a couple of minutes, at least.