We have discussed the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) in many places on this blog, probably the most in depth discussion was in “On Birthing Priests”, here. Suffice it to synopsize that, in my opinion, the necessary first steps towards solutions for both the vocations crisis and the crisis of general exodus of the people from the Church lie in (1) fixing the very, very broken catechesis that has dominated for the past half century, and (2) fixing the very, very, very broken way in which the Church does that most visible and iconic part of her public ministry, the Mass. Neither of these fixes is magic, neither will fix the Church overnight. It took years to get to this mess, it will take years to climb out. But the first step is to fix the Mass. Which of course brings us to the Traditional Latin Mass as the obvious fix...
Also, while I have the greatest regard and respect for good and great and heroic work of the FSSP, the ICK, and, yes, the SSPX (all discussed here) I believe that at the Diocesan level, the “ultimate” solution lies in regular parish priests again doing what was, up until only a few decades ago, done every Sunday: saying the Latin Mass.
All that by way of introduction, the FSSP has a parish in Rome, the address is below (should you find yourself in the Eternal City):
Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini
Piazza della Trinità dei Pellegrini - I-00186 Roma - Italia
Masses: Dom. 9.00, 11.00 (messa solenne), 18.30 / Lun. - sab. (eccetto luglio e agosto) 7.15 / Lun. - sab. 18.30
Fr. Zuhlsdorf finds himself in Rome again (he is practically a citizen) and does a series of travelogues on his website (here, for example, and here), which are quite interesting and entertaining. He also has a connection to the above-mentioned FSSP parish, Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, which he describes in detail here.
However, the clip I want to draw attention to is from a slightly earlier post, here (as always, my emphasis and comments). It is Fr. Z narrating:
“…I put my head in for Mass at Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini for the main Mass. The place was jammed, people standing in aisles and in back.
Around the time of the consecration an old priest, Maltese as I learned, came in and observed. After some time he noticed, approached, and asked a few questions. He was clearly surprised at the number of people. Was it a special day? Sunday. Is it always like this? Yes. Is this the…the… Latin Mass? Yes. He was quiet for some time. So many young people. Yes, and this is a parish. He was again quiet for some time. Who is in charge? I explained. (It is an FSSP parish – TC) He stood still, taking it all in. At last, he said that he was very impressed by the reverence of the people and of the liturgy…”
Regarding “young people” and the Mass, well, we’ve discussed that a bit as well from time to time here and here, as has the National Catholic Register here, for example, and here. Lots of other articles out there, these are only examples. I say again: if the bishops will encourage it, and the priests will say it, they will come.
Curate, ut valeatis!