Brazil is the country with the most Catholics in the world: 65% of the population in 2010, or 120 million people. Assistance at the Traditional Mass is growing, and over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of institutions that celebrate it, including the Society of St. Pius X; a survey has just confirmed this trend.
The survey was conducted by Conecta from June 2 to 14, 2017, using Online Panels, on 1,032 Catholics out of 3,259 Brazilian internet users. The people surveyed are part of the 62% of the Brazilian population that has Internet access.
The first question had to do with assisting at Sunday Mass: the answers reveal that while 33% of the participants regularly practice on Sundays, 20% attend Mass once a month, 38% occasionally, and 9% only on important feast days.
The second question inquires whether they know about Benedict XVI’s motu proprio that liberated the celebration of Mass according to the traditional Latin rite in 2007: 59% of the participants admit they did not know about this possibility granted by the pope, while 41% say they did.
To the question, “Do you consider it normal for the traditional Mass to be celebrated regularly in your parish?”, 49% said they would find this normal. 35% are against the idea, and 16% did not give an opinion.
Lastly, 27% of the participants said they would attend the traditional Mass every week if it was celebrated in their parish, 22% said they would gladly go once a month, and 13% on solemn feast days, while only 9% declared they reject the Old Mass in principle.
As the Letter of Paix Liturgique concludes: “In Brazil, as everywhere in the world, fifty years after the liturgical reform, the importance of the demand for the extraordinary form signs the failure of a liturgical reform that was undesired by a large part of the Catholic faithful…but imposed by force.”
As for the Society of St. Pius X, while it welcomed Benedict XVI’s act declaring that the liturgical law prior to the Vatican II reform had never been abrogated, it considers that the distinction between the two forms (extraordinary and ordinary) of one single rite hardly makes sense and only serves to mask the essential problem. (Read here extracts of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre exposing the reasons why the new rite is illegitimate and harmful very early on.)