The effect of the Extraordinary Form on vocations to the priesthood

Posted by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf on his blog:

From a reader…

In recent weeks I recall reading here and elsewhere some encouraging speculation and projections about the numbers of vocations produced by traditional vs. non-traditional types of communities. I’ve discovered that my parish seems to support those projections. We have both the Ordinary Form and the Extraordinary Form. There are 3 OF Masses each weekend, and one EF.

Recently the parish published information about all the vocations we’ve had from our parish in the last roughly 60 years. Between the years of 1965 and 2007 we had a grand total of 3. However, in the last 10 years since our parish has added the EF, we’ve had 9 new vocations, of which 7 are from EF attending families – 1 priest, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters.

Of the two OF-produced vocations, one is a priest from a very conservative family, who now celebrates the EF himself and has allowed that to greatly influence his OF ars celebrandi.

Bear in mind that there are easily 5 times as many people attending OF Masses at our parish than EF, and yet the EF vocations outnumber them 7 to 2. If you were to assume equal numbers of people at each form, and then extrapolate the data, you’d end up with somewhere around a 15-1 preponderance in favor of the EF. Absolutely amazing.

As we know, the plural of anecdote is data.  This is what I’ve been talking about and writing about for a long time.  The knock on effect of the Extraordinary Form.

This is why libs hate and fear it.

This is why I have begun to wonder if the Extraordinary Form, after a few more years of disastrous demographics and the churning wake of The Present Crisis, won’t be the “Last Mass Standing”.

¡Hagan lío!

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2 Responses to The effect of the Extraordinary Form on vocations to the priesthood

  1. kathleen says:

    Most definitely the Traditional Latin Mass (the EF) will finally be the “Last Mass Standing”.

    As others have pointed out, it is often found to be priests who celebrate Mass in the EF when possible who also celebrate the Novus Ordo with great reverence, frequently using Latin, and perhaps (if possible) ad orientem. The badly celebrated NOM already has decreasing congregations of mostly snowy heads in all Western nations.


  2. Crow says:

    Attendance at the EF serves as a regular catechesis – effected by merely being present in an environment where the senses take in the truths of the faith. There is no interruption to the prayer by explanation, which serves to disconnect from the contemplative experience, neither is there the focus on the priest as a personality of itself – the priest is present in his office, not his individuality and worships along with the congregation. These things bring the truths home, to be discovered and integrated into our lives. To me, the NO feels like it addresses the superficial aspects of the faith but does not allow that descent into the mysteries. The NO is not strong enough to hold the teenager who searches for something real – even less would it fire up a young man or woman to devote their whole lives to God.
    I attended a Mass at my old school recently and I thought that I was attending a Protestant service. I would be very surprised if any of the students are practising Catholics once they leave school. I can only surmise that this was Bugnini’s intention.

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