Friday, 9 July 2010

Summorum Pontificum - Tempora Mutantur

Someone once wrote (was it Ovid?) that Tempora mutantur, et nos mutamur in illis - Times change and we change with them. The excellent blog Rorate Caeli has an analysis of the progress of the cause of the Gregorian Rite in the time since Summorum Pontificum. You can read it here.

The survey is necessarily limited in its scope to Sunday Masses and so doesn't reflect the growth of daily, monthly or occasional Masses. However, the exercise is valid and its analysis is well-grounded.

Here are the details for Ireland, first giving the number of Dioceses in 2005 and in 2010 giving an every Sunday provision:

Ireland: 4, 6 (like Canada and the Philippines, Ireland is a 'treading water' country with ups and downs).

14. IRELAND (26 sees)
2005 - Regularised: 4 sees
2008 - Regularised: 4 Masses in 4 sees; S.S.P.X: 6 Masses in 4 sees
2010 - Regularised: 6 or 7 Masses in 6 or 7 sees (status of Tuam uncertain); S.S.P.X: 6 Masses in 5 sees

In an earlier post, we showed that Ireland has 1 every-Sunday Gregorian Rite Mass per 694,000 Catholics, in contrast to Canada (1:568,000), Germany (1:539,000), Austria (1:523,000), Australia (1:308,000), the United States (1:223,000), Switzerland (1:152,000), Britain (1:129,000), and New Zealand (1:79,000).

If every Diocese in Ireland had one single every-Sunday Gregorian Rite Mass it would be change the proportion to 1:160,000.

St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!


Anonymous said...

It seems that we don't always change with the times...

Rathlin Child said...

I hope that the Vatican is taking note. The Irish Church is in a really bad way. Save the Liturgy, Save the Church!

Anonymous said...

Ireland really needs to pull up its collective socks.

JTS said...

I guess there is progress of a sort. If the traditionalists could stop fighting against each other instead when they should be fighting for the TLM maybe things would be better. I'm not saying that we're shooting into an open goal but there are a more wides being kicked these days than points being scored seems to me.

Anonymous said...

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose! The French improved upon the Romans!