Here is an excerpt from Rorate Caeli concerning this rather interesting transaction from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to the SSPX and all the in between intrigue! Read the whole article there by pressing HERE.
At that time a local reporter contacted the diocese about the sale of St. Michael’s and asked why the diocese (of Pittsburgh) had previously sold churches to the Lutherans and Baptists while they would not sell to the SSPX. The response that was posted in the newspaper was, “those groups [Lutherans and Baptists] are not schismatic in the eyes of the Church.” What a losing battle this was! There was no use trying to reason with the diocese. It became clear that they might sell this church for Protestant “worship” or to a developer for making apartments, but not to a group that would use it according the purpose for which it was built—the Mass of All Time and the perennial teaching and sacraments of the Church.
My Comments: Why or why can't ecumenism begin at home (as Pope Benedict valiantly tried with the SSPX). Even apart from Pope Benedict's outreach, we as Latin Rite Catholics are in more "full communion" with the SSPX than with the Lutherans and Baptists. Paranoia about the SSPX and allowing them to use an unused Catholic Church is kind of silly.
Not completely unrelated there is this interview with several priests in full communion with the Pope and Bishops and the impact of celebrating both forms of the one Latin Rite.
Here is an excerpt, but you can read the complete set of interviews at Catholic World Report HERE.
This priest was ordained in 1980 and must be my age and his sentiments are my own especially as a child!
“Both forms can coexist”
Father Mark Mazza served for many years as pastor of Star of the Sea Church, near the Golden Gate Bridge in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and as chaplain for the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco. He recently began a six-month medical leave.
Ordained a priest in 1980, Father Mazza had celebrated the Novus Ordo for more than 30 years when San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone asked him to begin a regular Extraordinary Form Mass at the parish in 2012. He agreed, and spent several months learning its precise rubrics.
From an early age, Father Mazza lamented the end of the celebration of the older form of the Mass in many dioceses after the Second Vatican Council. “I always thought it was a great loss, even when I was a child,” he said. “We had celebrated it for so many centuries, and it went into eclipse. It’s a beautiful part of our faith life that we never should have lost.”
He’s quickly become comfortable celebrating the Extraordinary Form, and plans to continue celebrating it privately while on medical leave. “I really like it,” he explains. “It has a mystical, contemplative, and mysterious quality, with its use of Latin, the gestures, the position of the altar, and the prayers, which are more ornate than we have today. I find myself saying the traditional Mass more often than the Ordinary Form.”