Rorate Caeli

The Summorum Effect

Mrs. Monika Rheinschmitt, president of Una Voce Germany ("Pro Missa Tridentina") reports for on the explosion of regularly scheduled diocesan Traditional Masses in Germany, Austria, and German Switzerland:

The expansion in the availability of diocesan Traditional Masses in these German-speaking regions is quite impressive: a consistent improvement in the number of regular diocesan Traditional Masses in the Ecclesia Dei period elevated the number from under 20 to under 80 masses in the 1993-2007 period (first column) -- though only the 1993-1995 period was one of very large proportional growth (over 100%).

The post-Summorum Pontificum period included a growth of over 50% in the number of regularly celebrated Masses in the second semester of 2007 (second column), from less than 80 masses before the motu proprio of July 7, 2007 to over 120 after its publication.