Yesterday, I wrote a short post on the Pauline Year and contrasted St. Peter with St. Paul. Today, I will focus on some of the more dramatic changes that have taken place within the Church over the last year. Some of these are person, others are public. I will do it in list format.
The Motu Proprio: As Fr. Z. told Al Kresta a few weeks ago, this could be the biggest thing that Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered. There has been an upsurge in the TLM being offered around the world and in dioceses that are otherwise renowned for their liberalism. It seems to me that the Motu Proprio is the miracle that many traditionalists have been waiting for. Indeed, many of them have returned to the Church precisely because of this as well as many other reasons.
The SSPX Agreement: Yes, some of us have been waiting for this for a while. It seems to me that if unity were to occur, it would happen during this pontificate since Pope Benedict XVI has been one of the key players in the SSPX saga almost from the very beginning. We must continue to pray for him and Bp. Fellay because it could very well be that a large part of the SSPX would split from the main line group if Bp. Fellay agrees to the conditions that have been laid down by Rome. If this occurs, it will be a turning point in church history.
The SMMC Sisters and Mount St. Michael: I’ve written about the nuns for quite sometime on this blog. I took a personal interest in their story because some of them were my teachers over ten yars ago. It is interesting that after so many years of believing that the Pope was an anti-pope and that the Novus Ordo is an invalid Mass that so many of the Sisters have returned to the Roman Catholic Church. Their vow ceremonies earlier this week were indeed a cause for great celebration in the diocese. Their trip to WYD in Sydney will probably also yield much fruit for us on a local. It will be interesting to see if the SMMC representatives will meet with the Holy Father. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as well as the people at Mount St. Michael. As this story has proven, God can change human hearts.