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Dutch seminary to offer a course on the TLM

The website of the St. Willibrord seminary in the Tiltenberg, the Netherlands has announced that it is establishing a course for priests and seminarians on how to offer the Traditional Latin Mass. St. Willibrord's is the major seminary of the Diocese of Haarlem.

The following is a translation of the announcement on the seminary website. Emphases mine. (H/t to There was a boy):

On 7 July 2007, Pope Benedict XVI published the Apostolic letter "Summorum Pontificum". In it the pope decides that the Roman Missal of Pope Saint Pius V, which was rereleased in 1962 by Blessed John XXIII, would now be the extraordinary expression of the same "legis orandi" of the Church and would be kept in suitable regard because of its respectable and ancient use (art. 1). The Saint Willibrord seminary at the Tiltenberg will therefore organise a course for priests and seminarians to learn this rite, to be announced on the day of continued formation for young priests on Monday 2 November.

In his motu proprio, Pope Benedict XVI emphasises that liturgy is an expression of faith, so that liturgy and prayer define faith (lex orandi, lex credendi). This is why the Church asks that liturgical texts, such as prayers and also the acclamations, be authorised by Church authorities, and why the Second Vatican Council emphasised that no one can change, remove or add liturgical texts on their own authority (Sacrosanctum Concilium 22, par. 3). The importance of this decision becomes immediately clear when one considers the close bond between the faith of the Church and its expression in the liturgy.

In the education of priests and deacons special attention is paid to students becoming thoroughly acquainted with the liturgical books and the practice of the several priestly and diaconal liturgical duties, including in the first place Holy Mass, but also the other Sacraments, Adoration, Vespers, blessings, funerals and so on. The appointments which are received in the course of their education, chiefly that of acolyte, must also be practised. The seminarians will receive this practice from the priest who is responsible for this in the seminary: drs. F.J. Bunschoten. In this, he'll be assisted by Deacon J. Versteeg, who will be mostly working with the candidates for the permanent diaconate. The seminary's MC, Rudy Kinds, will assist him in this. The priest has been mastering the Tridentine rite and gained the required knowledge and abilities to practice this rite with other priests and the candidates for Holy Orders.
For more on the seminary of St. Willibrord, please read this.

Some videos of the cantores of this seminary singing Gregorian chant are available on Youtube.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely remarkable!

Jacob said...

The Dutch? The DUTCH?!


Vox Cantoris said...


Now, how about St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto or St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario?

Anonymous said...

TLM lectures will be provided also in Warszawa-Prawa seminary in Poland

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Dutch. It is not all bad news from the Low Countries. Some of us are doing our best 'stap voor stap' to re-vitalise Catholicism in this region. Please pray for us.


Anonymous said...

Considering that it was the Dutch who first started the abuses revolution in the Mass in about 1966 (and the infamous "Dutch Catechism-(1968) which was a repudiation of traditional Catholicism- this is remarkable.

Sadly, I think that the "deforms" of Vatican II have done their work in the Netherlands, Belgium, and elsewhere. I read that religious Orders in Belgium and the Netherlands have closed literally thousands of convents, monasteries, friaries, chapels and novitiates over the last 40+ years.
Even the Beguines (an ancient form of religious life for consecrated women- not actually nuns but laywomen who lived in disiplined communities or little enmclosed "towns" within a city called "Beguinages" in France, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and followed a rule and wore a distinctive habit) were wiped out completely by Vatican II and it's reforms.
But it is remarkable that there is this rebirth of Catholic tradition, in the land which started the revolution to destroy it.
The infamous Cardinals Alfrink and Willebrands must be turning over in their graves!

Crouchback said...

Anonymous, mentions the Beguines, We visited the Beguinage at Hoogstratten back in 2002, it had been recently re-built but the houses are lived in, as far as I know by "ordinary" families rather than people of a specifically religious out look.
I've often day dreamt that if I won the lottery I'd build a beguinage.

Why don't we revise these informal structures in the church..??

Xavier said...

There is a bit of a swing in Holland, all right. The current vice-president (former president) of Una Voce is Sjaak Oostveen, who lives in Delft. Bishop Punt is the ordinary of Haarlem, which includes Amsterdam, and has revitalised public Eucharistic processions on Corpus Christi. In Amsterdam, the Stille Omgang (silent procession - you can google it) is still going very strong.

Also, some years ago, Bishop Willem van Eijk, then ordinary in the predominantly protestant north, pulled his seminarians from the liberal Utrecht seminary (or was it Nijmegen?) on account of their bad theology. He has since been made Archbishop of Utrecht, a cardinalate see.

Bishop Evard de Jong is another one worth keeping an eye out for. Though still an auxiliary to Bishop Wiertz (Roermond, Limburg), he is the public face of the Dutch episcopate, entirely orthodox (as far as I know), outspoken on bioethical and sexual ethics, and has written an excellent Theology of the Body book [En God zag dat het heel goed was - And God Saw that it was very Good].

As elsewhere, the younger clergy are become more conservative, while the old liberals are a becoming a spent force.

Incidentally, November 7 is the feast day of the Netherlands' patron saint: St Willibrord. I hope he keeps things in his old stomping ground moving in the right direction!

montymark said...

Anonymous, I think it is far too simple to say the Dutch started all the abuses that have happened in the past decades. I'm not saying that the Dutch Church was perfect (no Church is), but the Dutch delegates to the Council were firmly set in the Catholic faith. The only thing the bishops may be blamed for is a slow realisation of what was happening among the people.

Cardinal Willebrands is still much appreciated in Rome for his efforts in ecumenism (a major symposium about his life closed in Utrecht a few weeks ago and another is set to be held in Rome next year).

The 'revolution to destroy it' did not begin in a single country or with a single group of people. Rather, it was a product of the development of individualism and social revolution in the entire western world.

But as the post-conciliar upheaval starts to die down, orhtodoxy moves back into the public eye again. It has been doing so in the past decade. The Holy Spirit always works.