Catholic Knight reports similar numbers for the States, here.
The past running brutal Church persecution in Germany has also revealed, that the believers themselves are having a change of attitude about the means of healing for their religion.
At least 44% of practicing Catholics in Germany would regularly participate in an Old Mass, if the requirements of the Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum' were established in their country.
This was reported by the French organization 'paixliturgique.com' today in an article.
The organization maintains, that a great part of the German hierarchy is hostile to the liturgical rapprochement desired by the Pope.
The Bishops are at pains to disparage the numbers of requests for the Use of the Motu Proprio.
Indeed, now 'paixliturgique.com' has launched a representative poll with the US opinion research institute 'Harris Interactive'.
The poll was held from the 18th to the 25th of February. 2,611 Catholic households in Germany with ages above 18 were questioned. Here are the questions and answers:
First Question: Do you go to Holy Mass?
Every Week: 5.9%
Once a Month: 4.1%
For a big Holy Day: 18.9%
Occasionally (e.g., weddings, funerals): 42.3%
Second Question: Do you know, that the Pope has allowed two forms of Mass, a modern one with the people facing the priest and communion in the hand, and the traditional latin, with the priest facing the altar and Communion orally received on the knees?
Third Question: Would it be normal, if both forms were regularly celebrated in your community?
Not Normal: 24.5%
No Opinion: 24.9%
Fourth Question: Would you attend the old Mass, even if the new Mass were also celebrated nearby?
Answer of regular or monthly Massgoers:
-25 percent would participate every week.
-19 percent would participate once a month.
-9 percent would participate by great feasts.
-40 percent would occasionally [wow] participiate.
- 7 percent would never, [ever?] attend. [wow, only 7?]
The organization 'paixliturgique.com' maintains, that every fourth German who practices would attend the Old Mass every Sunday, if he had the opportunity in his community.
A further 19 percent would at least attend the old Mass once a month. That gives a total figure of 44 percent. [!]
In Germany 1,185,310 Catholics go to Mass every Sunday. A further 823,690 visit Church services at least once a month.
'Paixliturgique.com' informs, that this investigation in Germany yielded similar results in Paris, Versailles, Italy and all of France.
Opposition against the Old Mass is, with 25 Percent of all Catholics, in a decisive minority.
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Why doesn't the Holy Father say the Old Mass himself, as he did as Cardinal? Actions speak louder than words.
Pope Benedict ffers te TLM every day.
The Novus Ordo (New Mass) was never supposed to abolish the Latin Mass and yet it certainly seemed to do just that all over the world. It's not surprising that those who seek reverent, holy, beautiful worship to God would love the Tridentine Latin Mass over the new. Why this happened in the first place is diabolical. I left the new mass in 1998 when I (by the grace of God) found the SSPX and learned about the modernist errors of Vatican II.
It is instructive that the German hierarchy remains obstinately hostile to the Traditional Latin Mass. Recall that the Rhine flows into the Tiber. One might hope that they could respect the teaching of the Pope, who currently is, after all, one of their own. It seems to me a grace of God that today provides the German bishops with an example to follow, be it as it may, but they persist in their error, regardless of the willingness of the German people to embrace the Faith of our Fathers. Therefore, God's grace being rejected, the consequence of this ingratitude may not be long in coming ...
Yes, I have heard on occasion that the Holy Father says the ancient Mass frequently, but I have yet to see any concrete evidence of it. Can someone provide that evidence?
Of course, he needs to summon up the guts to say it publicly, if he ever wants to make an impact in his desire for liturgical "reform".
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