We know what Léon Bloy said: “When I want to know the latest news, I read St. Paul.” This is the advice we want to follow after the avalanche of information and misinformation about masks, which were useless when there were none to be had, and which have become indispensable now that they are available. The same goes for the social distancing which must be scrupulously respected in churches and schools, but which are cheerfully ignored by the crowds of demonstrators.
This advice has become particularly valuable for all those who broadcast the Mass of all time on the Internet, convinced that Tradition is not what the media has said: a tension about the past, a fearful vision of the future in a dented rear view mirror, and other amenities…
The conciliar-pastoral method called “burying”—priests in plain clothes and the Credo [of the People of God] in deep immersion—have hidden this treasure from people for fifty years. Happily, they are discovering it and appropriating it. For them, this traditional Mass is the good news that a return to spiritual roots is possible, and that the source of Christian civilization has not dried up.
The numbers of these new faithful are increasing everywhere, during confinement. It must be recognized that they have been largely encouraged by the ban on public Masses, decreed by the government and relayed by a mentally confined episcopate.
Between an up-to-date Mass and the Mass of all time, the choice is quickly made. Between a doctrine with variable geometry and an elastic morality, on the one hand, and the bimillenary doctrine and perennial morality, on the other hand, the hesitation is short-lived. Tired of conciliar, post-conciliar, and meta-conciliar novelties, these faithful are following Leon Bloy’s advice, adapting it to their weariness: “when I have had enough of the novelties, I open the traditional missal.”
And if, as Fr. Benoît de Jorna may speculate in his presentation at the next Summer University, “was the experience of Tradition, cultivated by the Society of Saint Pius X over the past fifty years, a response to the contemporary crisis? What if the Mass of all time, while giving us a sense of sacrifice, revealed to us the sense of the essentials and the incidentals, for the family and for the city? This is the challenge of this 15th Summer University! (…) Skeptics will answer once again: “what's the use?” And they will remain confined to their homes, shut up with the media mothballs. Others will come to La Martinerie from August 12 to 16. Because they know that Christianity is now!”
The following is a reflection by Fr. Alain Lorans.