An American Renaissance
Beyond their individual histories and charisms, all of these growing men’s Orders in America have some common elements. They wear habits. They follow their Rule strictly. And they are orthodox in their views, quite loyal to the Magisterium.
Ten years ago, no one would have believed what we are witnessing today.
Back in 2002-2003, horrendous headlines blared across America and Catholics cringed.
After wave upon wave of sex scandals cut a debilitating swath through the ranks of our priests and brothers, the US Catholic Church made more then $3.4 billion in payments to a few law firms. Most allegations were never proven, as most cases never came to trial.
Pundits predicted the imminent demise of the Church. Not many Catholics dared to disagree. No one, it seemed, would want to associate themselves with such perfidy.
A Surprising Trend
But the Barque of Peter is ever-buoyant. It may come as a surprise to the nay-sayers and the secular media, but the traditional male Catholic religious Orders in America are experiencing a renaissance.
This is occurring regardless of the Form of the Mass celebrated by the Order. From the Benedictines at Clear Creek, Oklahoma who celebrate the Extraordinary Form to the Dominicans of the Eastern Province who celebrate a reverent Novus Ordo Mass, American young men are stepping forward to take vows in Religious Orders.
Some Common Elements
Beyond their individual histories and charisms, all of these growing Orders in America have some common elements.
They wear habits. They follow their Rule strictly.
And they are orthodox in their views, quite loyal to the Magisterium.
In this issue, Regina Magazine features a wide-ranging interview with American Dominicans. We also are privileged to have an intimate conversation with a brand-new novice entering The Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest at their Oratory in South Saint Louis.
Stay tuned, though as Regina Magazine continues to cover this astonishing turnaround in future issues!