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The Unstoppable Summorum Pontificum
1. You Report: First public TLM in the Slovenian Capital since Summorum
2. Finland: new priest's first Mass? A Traditional Mass

Seven years after its promulgation, the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum is, despite all difficulties and resistances to its application, a gift that keeps on giving and inspiring.

1. From the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, this report by a local reader:

The Unstoppable Summorum Pontificum

Last Friday, June 20, a votive mass of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated -- a small group of people gathered under the banner of Juventutem Slovenija managed to organize the first post-Summorum public traditional mass in the capital of Slovenia. The mass was said in the district of Dravlje, in the baroque church of Saint Roch.

As we know Ljubljana, is also the only Central or Western European capital with no regular scheduled TLM.* A decade ago, the Latin Mass was for some time said under indult in one of the parishes, but, after the death of the priest, everything stopped. We expected around twenty people but to our surprise the church was almost full and more than fifty people received communion, mostly for the first time, kneeling and on the tongue. 

2. From Finland, this very encouraging report:

The Unstoppable Summorum Pontificum

Among the recent positive developments of Catholicism in the Northern countries, Deacon Anders Hamberg was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 7th [2014], as only the sixth Finnish-born Catholic priest since the Reformation. The ordination took place in Saint Henry’s Cathedral in Helsinki, in both Swedish, the mother tongue of Fr. Hamberg, and Latin, and was celebrated by the Bishop of Helsinki, Msgr. Teemu Sippo S.C.I. Father Hamberg had been ordained a deacon by Bishop Sippo on September 28, 2013, again in Saint Henry's Cathedral.

I was well aware of this and other developments in Finnish Catholicism, including the opening of its first Catholic church last May in Kuopio, the capital of the Savo region in central Finland. But what I was not aware of until recently was that the newly ordained priest, Father Hamberg, would celebrate his first Mass on the day following his ordination, June 8, Pentecost Sunday, in the old rite—as a Missa Cantata according to the Missale Romanum of 1962. And that celebration also took place in the cathedral in Helsinki, with the blessing of Bishop Sippo. A Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite is already celebrated in the cathedral at least once a month, whenever a priest is available.

It ought to be kept in mind that this celebration is a direct result of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, which in 2007 liberalized the celebration of the old Latin rite (that traditional liturgy being called a “treasure for the Church” by Pope Francis [Rorate update: by reader request, we clarify that the exclusive original online source for this is this Rorate You Report post]), as well as his decision to establish in 2008 a personal parish church in Rome specifically for the tradition-minded community in the Eternal City. This church, Santissima Trinita dei Pellegrini (Most Holy Trinity of Pilgrims), is operated by the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). ...Father Hamberg’s first Mass on June 8 may well be seen as a fruit of this mission. ...[W]hen he was studying in Rome as a seminarian, ... he used to go to the church of Santissima Trinita dei Pellegrini on Sundays... [Text source: CWR; Image source here.].
*Regarding this point, as we have mentioned here before, we are very sad to correct our correspondent: seven years after Summorum, there is a Western European capital without a regular Traditional Mass -- Lisbon, which is remarkable once one recalls the amazing work of evangelization carried out worldwide by the Portuguese, always and only with the Traditional Rites of the Latin Church. As a result of the enmity of local bishops for the Traditional Mass and priests who simply wish to celebrate the Traditional Mass, Portuguese and foreign Catholics can only attend a Traditional Mass if they go to a chapel of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), as it can be seen in Wikkimissa, a violation of their rights, expectations, and aspirations (see 2010 poll).