New Map Shows Mass Locations Since Summorum Pontificum
(Rome) The French side ProjectSP5 published a map of Europe which includes the Mass locations of the traditional Mass. ProjectSP5 standa for ProjectSummorum Pontificum. The map highlights the spread of the traditional Rite, which Pope Benedict XVI has restored the traditional Rite again to its official right of residence in the world Church.
Distinct Geographic Differences
A glance on the map immediately shows significant geographic differences between the various European states. Strikingly thick are the Mass locations in France, England and the German language area, less dense are the Catholic nations of Poland, Italy, Dpain and Portugal. Some
Counties, notably Ireland, we're not included.
The traditional Rite is thus more prominently represented in those areas where the Catholic Faith has been historically endangered by great pressure. That was true for England though the long Anglican state persecution, for France through radical secularization and for the German speaking areas through the Church schism of the 16th century, which separated both the people and the state, and in the last half-century from a protestantizing in progressive Church circles.
Map Documents Counter-Reaction
The "Rheinisch Alliance" from the leading German and French speaking bishops and theologians are in this area and worked a massive influence on the Second Vatican Council. The consequences were an inner-Church break, which has not been resolved and has thrown the Church into a difficult crisis.
The maps with the Mass locations documented in the same area as the reaction to this development and gives the impression of the vitality of faith and the Church.
The also shows a significant shortcoming. Some Mass locations are missing, others are imprecisely located on the map. . A more precise and comprehensive map, "would be desired and would make the implementation and effect of the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of Papst Benedict XVI", says the traditional site Messa in Latino. The project of the French blogger is still a noteworthy beginning.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi Bild: ProjectSP5 (Screenshot)