Italy And Latin Mass: A Glimpse Of The Future

This is about a DOXA poll regarding Summorum Pontificum made in 2009, that is: more than 2 years after Summorum Pontificum.

Whilst not entirely new, it is relevant to us because the source is the most prestigious poll institute in Italy. The results of the poll are rather astonishing and are given here in short form:

1) Of those who go to mass at least once a month (rather high in Italy: 51% of the Catholic population), only 64% knew about the possibility of having a Latin Mass. This means that two years after SP, many priests had not considered necessary to even mention the existence of this historic motu proprio. Then they say, of course, that the faithful “don’t want the Mass in Latin”.

2) Asked whether they would have any objection to both the Novus Ordo and the latin Mass being celebrated in their own parish, 71% of the respondents says they would not have any objection at all.

3) Among the weekly churchgoers, 40% would go to the Latin Mass every Sunday. Please read it again, I have checked the numbers! By the way, this means 9 million people every Sunday.

This was a poll made among people who often didn’t even know about Summorum Pontificum and the possibility of having a Mass in Latin and therefore could not educate themselves about the differences of the two masses, let alone assist to the Tridentine Mass for some time to assimilate them. The numbers are therefore nothing less than astonishing and once again, they come from the best known and most reputed polling institution of the Country.It is very obvious that there is a strong appetite, a very vivid interest for the recovery of old Catholic traditions.

If the Pope had more courage to go against his liberal bishops, a generalised use of the Tridentine Mass with an extremely strong following among weekly churchgoers might become the reality in the country in just a few years as there can be no doubt that the enthusiasm for the Tridentine Mass among seminarians is very common.

I thought that in these troubled days, such information might be of some value.


Posted on February 18, 2011, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. There was a poll conducted about six months ago by Paix Liturgique exploring interest in the Traditional Mass in England. It came up with very similar results to those of the DOXA poll in Italy, about which you are writing, Mundabor. The most interesting finding is that 40% of those churchgoers interviewed say they would attend the Tridentine Mass every Sunday were it to be offered in their parish.

    Sadly, it seems to me, that what people say and what they actually do, are somewhat different! My parish offers the Traditional Latin Mass, celebrated by priests from ICKSP, every Sunday, and whenever possible, Holy Day. This is also advertised in the parish bulletin. The Mass time is 11.30am.

    At these Masses we have a regular and stable congregation of between 50 and 60 and some of those who attend are from outside the parish. I believe that between 400 and 500 people attend the three Novus Ordo Masses celebrated at our Church, so attendance at our Traditional Mass only represents about 10% of the Catholic population! At a Tridentine Mass I attended in Liverpool, admittedly at the unpopular time of 3.00pm, there were barely 20 in the congregation.

    My experience suggests that a figure of 40% who would like to attend the Traditional Mass , is wildly optimistic! Disappointing, but perhaps with time…who knows?

    • Misericordia,
      perhaps people in your parish are just a local situation, or they need more time? Or perhaps they use the Mass as a parking for noisy children and are aware of the fact that by the Tridentine this wouldn’t be the case?

      In any case, I think the bigger impact would be made giving things a bit of time. Also I’d say that th eparish bulletin is not enough unless there is a desire to let the mass known. Anyway, 10% seems to me not a bad number at all…

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