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Today we revert to the subject matter which is the primary reason for the existance of this blog, namely chronicling the “Restoration of all thing in Christ”. We will jump around a bit between the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere and between the different Restorationist movements within the Catholic Church.
We start off in the Southern Hemisphere at the SSPX seminaries. The below is a translated post from the SSPX District of Mexico website (original see here). Looks like the Australian Seminary in Goulburn is experiencing steady and consistent growth under the rectorship of Fr. Daniel Themann.
Here is the tranlation…
Entrants at the seminaries – Argentina and Australia
The seminaries of the Society of St. Pius X in the Southern Hemisphere have received new seminarians in this March dedicated to St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church.
In Argentina, the seminary of Our Lady Redemptrix in La Reja, received 11 students for the year of humanities (5 Mexicanos, 4 Argentinos, one Colombian and one Dominican) and 7 seminarians in the first year of spirituality (2 Mexicanos, 2 Argentinos 1 Guatemala, 1 Paraguayo). Two candidates for Brothers also knocked on the door of the Novitiate of the Brothers of the Fraternity of St. Pius X.
In Australia, the Seminary of the Holy Cross in Goulburn received 3 students in the year of humanities (one Australian, one Nigerian and one Filipino) and 4 seminarians in the first year of spirituality: 1 Australian, 1 Korean, 1 Indian and 1 from New Zealand. An Australian applicant also knocked on the door of the Brothers Novitiate.
In total, this academic year 2016 sees 51 young people prepare for the priesthood in these two seminars, wherein 14 seminarians have been added to the year of Humanities.
When taking into account this past autumn 2015, in Flavigny (France), Winona (USA) and Zaitzkofen (Germany), total entrants into the seminaries of the Society stands at 47 seminarians for their first year.
Over at the SSPX seminary in Winona, on the 11th of March, Bishop Tissier de Mallerais conferred Minor Orders on 13 seminarians (see here) and Major Orders on a further 9 seminarians on the 12th of March. Deo gratias!
Away from the SSPX seminaries, the wider Restoration is also moving along. Of note are the following:
On the New Liturgical Movement website, there is a post chronicling the restoration of the veiling of statues for Passiontide (see here). Among the “veilers” this year, for the first time in 50 years, is the parish of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Oklee, Minnesota. Here is the NLM website comment: “This is the first time this parish has veiled in over 50 years. Great job, Fr. Hamness!”. And your humble blogger would just like to add: brick by brick and YOU GO GIRL!
On the Fr. Z. blog, a post appeared asking Fr. Z for guidance as to the proper etiquette when “operating a standard issue
beretta biretta”, or as Fr. Z termed it “birettaquette”. (see here) The introduction to the request is what interested this blogger, and here it is: Our parish has recently begun celebrating the EF. Have assisted in choir before but concerned I may not be doing so correctly. My parochial vicar will be celebrating a sung Mass on the Solemnity of St. Joseph this weekend. Can you recommend any online source that spells out the proper posture and biretta usage for priests in choir? Yes, we have to be thankful for the little miracles.
And further news from the Mid-West comes from the Detroit area. Over at the Musings blog (see here) we are informed that: “We are delighted to report that as a direct result of the strong attendance at its first two Tridentine Masses, Detroit’s Old St. Mary’s Church will commence offering First Friday High Masses in the Extraordinary Form every month at 7:00 PM, beginning on Friday, April 1.” Furthermore, Fr. Jake VanAssche has begun offering Tridentine Low Masses on the Saturdays of Lent at 10:00 AM at St. Michael Church in Pontiac. And it keeps on coming.
And now for a “tag-team” effort, we have the New Liturgical Movement website reporting about something in the Musings of a Pertinacious Papist backyard. In a post titled New: Men’s Holy League in Detroit, Michigan – Every Second Saturday of the Month, we are informed of the following: “I was pleased to hear from an NLM reader who told me of the Holy League that has just begin meeting at Assumption Grotto in Detroit every second Saturday. (The church is located at 13770 Gratiot Avenue.) The structured Holy Hour for men at 6.30 pm will be followed by Holy Mass (EF), after Mass there is coffee and fraternity. They met for the first time this past Saturday and I heard it was a great success, with over 50 attending. It will continue each month through the year.” What’s there more to say, other than DETROIT ROCKS!
And now we travel back to the Old Continent and Western Europe. On the Eponymous Flower website a post appeared containing a map with venues where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered in France, Germany and the UK. I am reposting it in its entirety below while putting the accompanying map itself at the top of this post (see here):
(Rome) The French side ProjectSP5 published a map of Europe which includes the Mass locations of the traditional Mass. ProjectSP5 standa for Project Summorum Pontificum. The map highlights the spread of the traditional Rite, which Pope Benedict XVI has restored the traditional Rite again to its official right of residence in the world Church.
Distinct Geographic Differences
A glance on the map immediately shows significant geographic differences between the various European states. Strikingly thick are the Mass locations in France, England and the German language area, less dense are the Catholic nations of Poland, Italy, Dpain and Portugal.
SomeCounties, notably Ireland, we’re not included.
The traditional Rite is thus more prominently represented in those areas where the Catholic Faith has been historically endangered by great pressure. That was true for England though the long Anglican state persecution, for France through radical secularization and for the German speaking areas through the Church schism of the 16th century, which separated both the people and the state, and in the last half-century from a protestantizing in progressive Church circles.
Map Documents Counter-Reaction
The “Rheinisch Alliance” from the leading German and French speaking bishops and theologians are in this area and worked a massive influence on the Second Vatican Council. The consequences were an inner-Church break, which has not been resolved and has thrown the Church into a difficult crisis.
The maps with the Mass locations documented in the same area as the reaction to this development and gives the impression of the vitality of faith and the Church.
The (map) also shows a significant shortcoming. Some Mass locations are missing, others are imprecisely located on the map. . A more precise and comprehensive map, “would be desired and would make the implementation and effect of the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of Papst Benedict XVI”, says the traditional site Messa in Latino. The project of the French blogger is still a noteworthy beginning.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: ProjectSP5 (Screenshot)
Trans: Tabcred firstname.lastname@example.org
And not to leave out the SSPX breakaway communities, namely the FSSP in this case, over on their Polish language website, a post appeared containing the Mass schedule of the FSSP for the World Youth Days in Krakow this coming June. The schedule can be seen here. One of the churches where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered is the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Krakow. This is the same church were Cardinal Burke offered the first Pontifical High Mass in Krakow since the liturgical destruction of 1969/1970 (see here). On an aside, it would appear that the FSSP is becoming “close” to this church which was formerly “occupied” by the Jesuits. Maybe with a strong showing for WYD, the archdiocese could be persuaded to “give it up” to the FSSP. Please keep this prayer intention close to the top of your “prayer intentions list”, as is your humble blogger. What is needed is a miracle, especially with a Archbishop like Card. Dziwisz, of JPII fame, in the See of Krakow it will not be easy. But as we know, never put anything past the Holy Spirit. Remember, it’s His Church.
Concluding, all in all, we are seeing progress on many fronts. Of note are two national Churches which need to be kept in mind presently. These are the Polish Church and the Mexican Church. They have been the least destroyed of the national Churches and there appears to be an internal “stirring” that is coming across my radar screen. It appears to be only a matter of time until we see an “ignition event” which could propel a Restoration in these churches to the next level. In the mean time, we fast and we pray!