by Michael Davies
It would also be dishonest to pretend that traditional Catholics do not have good reason to be disillusioned with the effectiveness of the Ecclesia Dei Commission established in 1988 to safeguard their interests. It would be euphemistic to state that the Commission has been reduced to the status of a lame duck. But nonetheless we must rejoice in the positive results derived from its establishment. The number of so-called indult Masses now authorized is pitifully small when compared to the total number of parishes in the U.S.A., but is nonetheless a tremendous improvement on the situation before 1988. The large congregations and the resurgence of faith generated in some of the indult parishes must be seen in order to be believed; among such parishes are those of St. Agnes in New York, St. John Cantius in Chicago, St. Joseph's in Richmond, Virginia and St. Mary's in Washington, D.C. We must also rejoice in the growth and effectiveness of the Society of St. Peter in the U.S.A., particularly in the fact that it now has an American seminary. In France we can rejoice in the spectacular, almost miraculous resurgence of traditional Benedictine monasticism in the Monasteries of Fontgombault and Le Barroux, which I visited this year, as well as that of Randol.
In 1994, the
of a quarter of a century of catastrophic liturgical experimentation, I
had the privilege of participating in an event which convinced me that
the Tridentine Mass is indeed the Mass that will not die. You would
have been convinced of this-----and convinced
that the future of the Roman Rite lies in resurrecting its past-----if
you could have been in the world's most beautiful cathedral, that of
France, on Pentecost Monday and seen it packed to the doors with young
Catholics for a Solemn High Tridentine Mass, which they sang with one
voice, cum una voce, and with tremendous enthusiasm, after
there in pilgrimage almost seventy miles from Paris in three days,
out at night, and if you had seen the thousands who could not find a
inside the cathedral and who sang the Mass outside. There were at
fifteen thousand present in all, with an average age of twenty!
was not an illusion, but a reality. Let anyone who doubts this report
join the pilgrimage next year, or in succeeding years. It has been held
now since 1983.