Thursday, May 15, 2008

There's only one problem with this

there are no nuns anymore who dress like that.

I was told something interesting about religious life this weekend. The Congregation for Religious in the Vatican is absolutely flooded with requests for approval of new communities. There is indeed a revival going on, big time.

The one thing they never get is requests for approval of communities in the Traditional Rite.

Odd hey? Where are the trads?


Anonymous said...

Perhaps Trads are obedient to their priests, who don't see requests as realistic? I don't know. Strange, isn't it?

Mark S. Abeln said...

What about diocesan orders? Do they have to go through the Vatican?

John said...

I can guess at two possible reasons:

The first step in a new foundation is usually not Rome but the local diocese. My own beloved ordinary might, in a fit of absent-mindedness, approve a new conservative community. But a traditionalist one? Never in life.

Communities of women have the additional problem of finding a reliable source of traditional priests to supply the sacraments. If they cannot get a commitment from a community of traditionalist priests (and that is indeed hard to do) than what to do when the current elderly chaplain dies or becomes too ill to serve? The options are the same the rest of us have: no sacraments, Byzantine, FSSPX, or de facto Novus Ordo. Each choice has a problem if you wish to be a traditional, extra-ordinary use congregation approved by Rome.

Than again, maybe nobody wants to be a traditional religious. What do I know?



Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

That was an extremely useful and helpful comment John. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Not enough vocations in this generation, God is making sure there's a next generation. - Karen