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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Get that old time religion!

The traditional Latin Mass – effectively banned by Rome for 40 years – is to be reintroduced into every Roman Catholic parish in England and Wales, the senior Vatican cardinal in charge of Latin liturgy said at a press conference in London today.

In addition, all seminaries will be required to teach trainee priests how to say the old Mass so that they can celebrate it in all parishes.

Catholic congregations throughout the world will receive special instruction on how to appreciate the old services, formerly known as the Tridentine Rite.

Yesterday’s announcement by the senior Vatican cardinal in charge of Latin liturgy, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, speaking on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI, will horrify Catholic liberals, including many bishops of England and Wales.

Read the rest here.

(update) Another article on the subject...

For 40 years, English Catholic worship has been controlled by a bossy alliance of bishops and politically correct activists known as the "Sandalistas".

Now, a Colombian-born cardinal close to the Pope effectively announced that their time has come to an end.

Read the rest here.

1 comment:

Ad Orientem said...

Although I find this report very encouraging, I feel rather obligated to post a cautionary note here in the comments section. The British press has a bad reputation when it comes to the accuracy of its reporting on religious matters. This is especially so when the subject is the Roman Catholic Church. I find it hard to believe the Telegraph would manufacture a story that contains explicit names and quotes. However, I also note that so far this story does not seem to have been picked up by any of the other major papers or media outlets. The Catholic Press is also quiet. Of course its also a weekend.

Having delivered the note of caution I remain upbeat about this story and its implications.

ICXC
John