"If this is what it takes to fill our churches, so be it." Bishop Salvatore Matano of Burlington
Lubeltri, a side question. I never noticed your signature line and am curious about the meaning. Is the answer self-evident or am I just dense? What does it take to fill the churches (RC, I assume).
Sorry! It's kind of a well-known recent quotation in Catholic circles. As you may remember, on July 7, Pope Benedict XVI released his motu proprio re-establishing the right of Latin Catholic priests and faithful across the world to worship according to the traditional form of the Roman rite of Mass. You will see this often referred to as the "Latin Mass" or the "Tridentine Mass."
To mark this motu proprio, Bishop Salvatore Matano of Burlington (the ordinary for Catholics across Vermont) decided to celebrate the traditional form (or the "extraordinary form," as Pope Benedict calls it) in the cathedral for the feast of the Assumption of Mary on August 15.
The cathedral was filled to capacity, prompting His Eminence to remark, "If this is what it takes to fill our churches, then so be it. I will do whatever I can to fill our churches."
This was remarkable because for over 20 years, the bishops of Burlington had steadfastly refused to give permission for any traditional Masses in Vermont. The only way to worship in the traditional form was to attend a chapel of the Society of St. Pius X.
That has now changed, and His Eminence has decided to get on board wholeheartedly.
You can see a news video of the occasion here: http://www.wptz.com/news/13904141/detail.html#