Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Pope expected to OK Latin Mass

VATICAN CITY, June 18 (UPI) — Pope Benedict XVI has signed papers that would give Catholic churches the option of using the traditional Latin Mass, a newspaper reported Monday.

The upcoming motu proprio from the pope provides his personal opinion and isn't imbued with papal infallibility, the Times of London reported.

We are awaiting publication with some anxiety, a senior Vatican official told the Times. Everything hinges on the exact wording, and on the letter, which will be released along with the motu proprio, explaining the technicalities of its application by local bishops. The validity of the old Latin Rite has never been repealed, so now we have to see in what circumstances and to what extent the bishops should authorize its use.

The church replaced the old Latin Mass, which dates back to the Middle Ages, with local language masses in the 1960s. The old mass was never banned, but could only be used on special occasions with the permission from a local bishop.

The motu proprio, which expressed views consistent with the pope's when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was expected to be published in the next few weeks, the Times reported.

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Blogger EDRGBG said...

Over 400 parishoners in the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. asked for the Tridintine Mass. Bishop Brandt refused. What kind of reception do you think the Moto Proprio will receive in Greensburg?Bishop Brandt disobeyed Pope John Paul II,,, he'll either disobey Pope Benedict or make it miserable for those who wish the Tridintine Mass to be celebrated.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you celebrate the Tridentine Liturgy Father???

3:29 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

I have, but it's been two years.

3:34 PM  

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