I did alittle research. The results are not surprising. Or should not be to anyone with even alittle knowledge of the situation of the Roman Catholic Church since the disaster of Vatican II.The Fraternity of Saint Peter's USA seminary has close to 80 seminarians this year, making it one of the largest seminaries enrollment wise in the USA.Huge diosecean seminaries across the country built anywhere from 125 to as recently as 40 years ago to accomodate 200 to as many as 600 seminarians stand 85% empty, while the FSSP seminary in Denton, Neb. is only about 10 years old, and has nearly 80 seminarians and is still unfinished construction wise. It is filled to capacity. The students are trained the "old-fashioned " Catholic way, and celebrate only the Tridentine Latin Mass.This wonderful success story is repeated for the SSPX seminary in Winona, Minnesota, which has over 75 seminarians this year....the largest seminary enrollment wise in Minnesota!The Institute of Christ the King in Gricigliano, Italy which uses only the Tridentine Latin Mass has 70 seminarians (more than nearly ALL the 140+ dioceses in Italy individually !!!!). The Institute can't accomodate the flood of seminarians.The Benedictine monks in Clear Creek, Ok. have, only 10 years after their foundation, 35 monks..with more candidates coming every few months. They will soon be among the largest Benedictine houses in the USA (save for the rad liberal St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN. which is rapidly dying out with barely 130 aged monks...as well as the far more traditional St. Vincent's Archabbey with 180 monks.I did some quick research into several religious Orders on their international websites, and found that the radical liberal Jesuits, Franciscans, Servites, Blessed Sacrament Fathers, Picpus Fathers, and White Fathers, have only a handful of seminarians and novices world-wide, compared to the flood of candidates they had before Vatican II. One Order, which once had a sea of seminarians, and 5,500 professed members, now have barely 1,450 members with an average age of 73 and as few as only 1/2 dozen seminarians world-wide ***(the White Fathers get this dubious prize!!).***To their credit, a small group of Servites are trying to restore traditional CONTEMPLATIVE monastic life in their Order as it was originally intended by their seven holy founders in the 1200's. They recently took over an old Servite house for this purpose.It doesn't take an Einstein to see the disaster of Vatican II and it's reforms, and yet the flowering of religious life and seminaries by those who use only the Tridentine Latin Mass. The Fraternity of Saint Peter on their 20th anniversary is a good example.Perhaps the Pope himself, will wake up one day and see that which restores the Church (Catholic tradition and the Tridentine Latin Mass), as opposed to that which destroys it (the kind of reforms we have had for the last 40 years), and make the necessary repudiations/supressions of those reforms.
I must congratulate all FSSP priests for this wonderful celebration. I was especially glad to see that the founder of Juventutem International, Fr. Armand De Malleray (that can be seen at the bottom-right of the last picture) was there. He truly was enjoying himself, and I can't blame him! Things like this one doesn't happen every day. Congratulations again, and thanks for posting
It's very wonderful indeed, may the good Lord continue to bless confraternity priests.
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