I wish I could provide
you a long list of bishops & cardinals who favor tradition, but I'm afraid the
list is not anywhere near as expansive as we might hope. Much of the time we are
fortunate just to have a prelate not oppose tradition. That is the sad state of
things today. Even so, things are better than they were just a few years ago
when the TLM was offered under an "indult" – so there has been progress. It is
a tough situation right now, but don't give up hope. The merciful Lord knows our
plight. Christ went through His Passion, and now his body (the Church) is
undergoing a sort of 'mystical passion' – but then we can expect this to be
followed by a resurrection. Remember that there are many other tradition-minded
Catholics out there, we are not alone. Although I don't know what the future
will bring (however, I believe one cardinal predicted the end of the Novus Ordo
within 50 years & and a very holy priest I know said there will always be the
Traditional Latin Mass), all we can do is our own part. I would advise you to
keep the traditions, trust God, stay within the diocesan structures, educate
yourself (and others, if possible) concerning the Traditional Mass, and pray.
Keep in mind that, ironically, the future of the Traditional Latin Mass may be
in the hands of the laity (if enough laity want it, they will 'have to' provide
it). God bless & keep you.
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zealously affected to command that in all the churches the pure tradition be
held." (St. Agatho I, 680 A.D.)
"If anyone rejects any written or unwritten
tradition of the church, let him be anathema." (Second Council of Nicaea, 787
"[W]e must keep for ever, firm and unmoved, the
tradition which we received by succession from the fathers" (St. Gregory of
"[N]othing of the things appointed ought to be
diminished; nothing changed; nothing added; but they must be preserved both as
regards expression and meaning." (Pope Agatho)
"Indeed, the true friends of the people are
neither revolutionaries, nor innovators: they are promoters of tradition." (Pope
St. Pius X, Our Apostolic Mandate, 1910 A.D.)
unlawful to alter the established customs of the Church ... Remove not the
ancient landmarks which the fathers have set." (St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the
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