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Tradition Draws Catholic Youth

On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio addendum to canon law entitled Summorum Pontificum. The document clarified Church law by stating that the traditional Latin mass, otherwise known as the Vetus Ordo or 'Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite' (the mass used before 1969), had never been abrogated, and that it has always existed as a legitimate liturgy alongside the newer vernacular mass, otherwise known as the Novus Ordo or 'Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.' At the time many within the Church dismissed this as a "mere concession to nostalgic traditionalists" and a not-so-veiled attempt to win back the affections of the ultra-traditionalist 'Society of Saint Pius X' (SSPX). It was assumed by many that this was merely a "passing fad" and would die out in time.
So here we are seven years later, as we approach July 7, 2014, and in the space of that time the number of publicly offered masses according to the Vetus Ordo (Extrao…

Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

One of the greatest tragedies of the Reformation is the loss of authentic holy orders in Protestant communities, and as a subsequent result of that, the loss of the real presence in Holy Communion. Of course this is not a problem for a large number of Protestants who no longer believe in the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion anyway.

Transubstantiation is the belief that the bread and wine elements in communion, really and truly, become the actual body (flesh) and blood of Jesus Christ once they are consecrated by an authentic priest in the Divine Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist (or "Holy Mass"). The appearance of bread and wine remain, but this is just an appearance. What really exists is the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ. This belief was held by the ancient Church (see below) and is maintained by the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Eastern Orthodox churches.

This chart explains the major divisions of Protestant denominations that occurred during and aft…