Summorum Pontificum at Fourteen: Its Legacy
By Gregory DiPippo in Crisis
On success and popularity of Traditional Latin Mass following SP:
“But everyone knows that the great majority of those who attend it now are far too young to have “remained” attached to it. Rather, they have grown attached to it, not for nostalgia’s sake, but for love of its beauty, its reverence, for the vast sacred history which it brings with it; in other words, for the love of everything which Vatican II wanted them to receive from it and make their own. Those with eyes to see can witness the fulfillment of the hopes expressed in the first paragraph of Sacrosanctum Concilium anytime they like in the numerous young communities where the traditional rites are celebrated. This is what Pope Benedict XVI gave back to the whole Church with Summorum Pontificum.
“It seems, however, that the success of this great movement of rediscovery has also become a spur to those who, for reasons best known to themselves, prefer not to acknowledge that Vatican II’s place in the Church’s history is not with the successful ecumenical councils like Nicea or Trent, but with the failures like Constance and Lateran V. And it seems that perhaps, rather than redress the failure, or admit that there is any failure to be redressed, they imagine they can simply cancel the most conspicuous ongoing success that comes from redressing it, declare the liturgical reform to be irreversible, and be done with the matter.
“In the last few weeks, I have read many expressions of fear about what this may mean for the Church’s future, and for the immediate prospects of the traditional liturgy in particular churches and communities. These fears are not misplaced, but at the same time, those who love the traditional liturgy should not allow themselves to be discouraged. A withdrawal, whole or partial, of Summorum Pontificum, brings with it an implicit but absolutely undeniable recognition that the post-Conciliar reform has definitively lost its grasp on the hearts and minds of the young.”