Seminarians and the Latin Mass

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This month hundreds of young men, having discerned a vocation to the priesthood, are commencing this journey by entering the seminary. Several hundred graduate theology students are also returning to seminary as they move ever closer to ordination, God willing. As it has been over seven years since Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum, it is both timely and appropriate to see how much support seminaries are demonstrating for the Latin Mass through the liturgical formation of these young men.

During the course of researching this I interviewed nearly a dozen priests and seminarians. Specifically I wanted to know whether or not seminaries in the United States are currently training the men in their charge to offer both forms of the Roman Rite. I soon discovered that seminaries simply respond to the priorities and agendas of the dioceses from which they receive the majority of their seminarians, and therein…

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