Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fourth Anniversary of Pro Tridentina (Malta)

Below: One of the first designs for the badge of Pro Tridentina (Malta) by Ivan Vassallo. Today is the fourth anniversary of the official founding of Pro Tridentina (Malta). Prior to this event, there was no lay movement in favour of the Tridentine Mass in Malta or Gozo.

The developments that led to the founding can be traced back to November 2006. At the time, Abbé Armand de Malleray, from the FSSP, contacted a number of Maltese aiming to develop something concretely in this country. I am eternally greatful to Fr. de Malleray for the help he gave me and others at the time.

A first informal meeting was held on 21 April 2007 to determine the way forward. This was followed by another informal one on 20 July 2007 i.e. a week after the publication of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. Four years ago, the first official meeting was held.

Since then, we can say that the Tridentine Mass is becoming, albeit slowly, a reality in Malta. Pro Tridentina (Malta) was accepted as a member of the International Federation Una Voce (FIUV) in 2009.

Not everything has been positive. Some members have since left, the Catholic Church in Malta is still not favourably inclined to a wider, regular celebration of the Extraordinary Form. The media still presents a different picture than the reality is, namely that young people in Malta are among the most fervent followers of this form of the Mass.

But today, looking back at the past four years, one can be filled with hope that more progress will be achieved.

Ad multos annos Pro Tridentina (Malta)!