German Traditional Catholics Are Young and Faithful

German Traditional Catholics Are Young and Faithful

Attendance at Sunday Mass in German Novus Ordo parishes keeps falling, Ludwig Ring-Eifel, the editor in chief of the Katholische Nachrichtenagentur of the German bishops admits in an article published on [see Google English translation in comment below].

At the same time, Ring-Eifel realises that traditional Catholics fulfil their Sunday obligations and have no worries about a shortage of priests: “It’s thought-provoking that especially younger people attend today the few Masses in the Tridentine Rite.”

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  1. The “Old Mass” in the church

    Ten years of extraordinary form of the rite

    Ludwig Ring-Eifel

    Ten years ago, the Vatican published the letter that Pope Benedict XVI, The ancient form of the Latin liturgy once again permitted worldwide. Long before, the rumored kitchen had been boring in Rome.

    Months before the publication, Vatican experts and theologians had thought that the conservative pope from Germany wanted to turn back the most visible achievement of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965): the celebration of the Mass in the respective language of the country and the conversion of the priests to the church gathered in the church believers.

    Benedict XVI stood at the height of a surprising popularity in the third year of his pontificate. But now he saw himself compelled to submit to the bishops in all parts of the world, with a detailed memorandum of understanding, his order, which bore the solemn title “Summorum pontificum” (The Concern of the Popes). In this he tried to explain the motives and to dispel false objections.

    Document has caused great confusion

    The letter began with the words: “Hopefully, with great confidence, I place the text in your hands … The document is the fruit of long reflection, many deliberations, and prayer Sufficient knowledge has given rise to confusion. There are very different responses ranging from joyous reception to hard opposition.

    In the letter, the Pope tried to clarify that the centuries-old rite should not be regarded as equally equal to the renewed liturgy of 1970, but should only be regarded as an “extraordinary form” of the one Roman rite.

    “There is no contradiction between one and the other edition of the Missale Romanum,” explained the former professor of theology, emphasizing: “In the liturgical history, there is growth and progress, but no break It can not suddenly be prohibited or even harmful. ”

    Criticism of the pope was great

    Despite this advertising for understanding, the criticism was violent. The Pope had made a too great concession to the traditionalists of the Pius Brotherhood, separated from Rome. Their bishops had been excommunicated in 1988 under John Paul II because they had broken the church right. One of the main controversies between them and Rome was the validity of the Council reforms, especially the renewal of the liturgy.

    The Pius brethren did not recognize the modern liturgy, and they described it as harmful and misleading because it concealed the true sacrificial character of the Holy Mass and contained elements of the Protestant eucharist. If the Pope now allows the Old Mass to be world-wide again, critical commentators, he ultimately deepened the division of the Church. In future there will be confusing double structures in parishes – here a trade fair for the “Trads”, and next door one for “Normal Catholics”.

    Fears have not materialized

    Ten years after “Summorum pontificum” these fears have not been fulfilled. For example, there are about 150 churches and chapels around the world, where weekly or monthly such a Mass is held according to the prescriptions of Benedict XVI. is celebrated. In addition there are about 50 churches and chapels of the Pius Brotherhood not yet reunited with Rome, where also the Old Rite is celebrated. Facing more than 10,000 parishes, where Catholic priests celebrate the “ordinary form” every Sunday, that is, the modernized Mass in German, this is at least as small as a matter of figures.

    However, traditionalist thinkers are particularly conscientious in the fulfillment of their Sunday duty – and there is also no concern for lack of priesthood growth. The figures of the figures could thus gradually shift further in the course of decades, since the “Normal Catholics” are increasingly rarely visiting the Sunday masses. A “roll backwards” can not be said at least in the medium term. It is thoughtful that today, especially young people, frequent the few religious services in the Old Rite – even in a “disbelieving” metropolis like Berlin.

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