"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Restoration Project Continued...

Two years after Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum, giving every priest the right to say Holy Mass according to the Usus Antiquior (1962 Missal) Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate surveyed Catholics in America.  What they found is only a small group of Catholics oppose the Latin Mass (12%).  Why any Catholic would oppose the opportunity for others to worship in a more spiritually rewarding and externally revernent manner is not known at this time.  Of those Catholics who actually attend weekly Mass, 45% would attend the Usus Antiquior if offered at a convenient time and location.


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