Monday, 11 March 2013

Traddies rule, OK!

It is not often that traditionalists get a positive plug on ABC TV, but they did tonight, in the evening news (in Canberra at any rate) with a nice item on Cardinal Pell's call for prayers for the Conclave, and the increasing number of men in our seminaries.

The lead in to the item was about preparations for the Conclave, including Cardinal Pell saying Mass at his titular Church yesterday (plus a brief mention of front-runner amongst the Italians, Cardinal Scola).

But the sub-text was that under Pope Benedict (in contrast to his predecessor), things started turning around for the Church!

Cardinal Pell: the death of a great saint-Pope vs the resignation of...

The lead in suggested that Cardinal Pell had repeated his criticisms of Pope Benedict's resignation, pointing to the difference between the last conclave, in the wake of the death of a 'great saint-Pope' (or something to that effect) and the (unfortunate) resignation of a living one.

After a short bit of Rome colour, it then skipped to an item that noted that under the pontificate of Benedict XVI, the number of men studying for the priesthood in Australia started, and has continued to rise sharply, with the seminaries full again this year.  It even came with some piccies of seminarians working out in the gym at the Brisbane seminary (muscular Catholicism indeed!).

TLM rules!

There was then a brief mention of the contrast between the trend of some to go for a more charismatic style of worship - while others preferred the more contemplative, ad orientem style of the Traditional Latin Mass.  And we got some nice video of Brisbane's Laetare Sunday Mass.

Brilliant stuff, congratulations to the reporter and all those involved!

1 comment:

Joshua said...

I too was amazed and amused to see the news item close with a perfectly matter-of-fact snip referring to the Brisbane EF Mass and community, with no nasty reference to ultraconservatives or anything. I did think the coverage played up Cardinal Pell's comments too much - I doubt he meant to be as critical as the media portrayed it.