Sunday, 1 June 2008

Traditional Mass Training

Traditional-Mass Training Moves Ahead

Cardinal George Calls It a 1st Step to Providing Extraordinary Form

*madtrad comment* This is huge in terms of a statement to the American Church and for a lot of the priests and bishops in this country so heavilly influenced by America. I know a lot of priests who did liturgical studies in America and most of them are 'the mass is a meal' type. Could this signal a shift in thinking? Or is this just a stunt to get the trads on side? Either way I hope it's about celebrating a solemn mass rather than playing politics with The Mass itself *madtrad comment*

Got this from Zeint...

Providing the faithful with opportunities to worship according to the John XXIII missal begins with the training and formation of priests and seminarians, says Cardinal Francis George.

Cardinal George, the archbishop of Chicago, said this about a five-day Traditional Latin Mass Training Workshop for priests and seminarians hosted last week by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Hailing from all over the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Italy, and the Philippines, the participating priests and seminarians stayed at the campus of Mundelein Seminary to attend a hands-on workshop on the celebration of the extraordinary form of the Mass of the Roman rite held at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House.

In a letter to those who attended the event, Cardinal George said: "Charged with proclaiming Christ's universal call to holiness, the Church wishes to foster a love for the sacred whenever her people gather to worship God as he wants to be worshiped. In order to better serve Catholics who wish to worship according to the 'forma extraordinaria,' ample and ongoing catechesis in this form of the Mass must be available. This can only be achieved if, first of all, priest and seminarians are prepared to serve this need.

"I have therefore asked the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, whose charism is the 'Restoration of the Sacred,' to assist the archdiocese by providing training for priests and seminarians in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite according to the liturgical book of 1962."

During the workshop, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago spoke on "The Spirituality of the Traditional Latin Mass," revealing how the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Mass, held in equal honor, can enrich the Catholic faithful in parish life.

The event's popularity and success, with a waiting list of those who wished to attend, has prompted the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius to schedule future training workshops.

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