Latin Mass

Latin Mass

Anthony Bono

Last year The Telegraph (London) of 14 June reported that the Traditional Latin Mass would be reintroduced into every Roman Catholic parish in England and Wales, even where the congregation has not asked for it. This was said at a press conference in London by the Vatican's Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos. He said Pope Benedict XVI would reintroduce the Traditional Rite and it would be known as the "Gregorian Rite".

However, at the time Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster considered this to be wishful thinking.

The following year, on 21 May 2009, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor (having retired) was replaced by Archbishop Nichols, an appointment which prompts one to hope that the Traditional Latin Mass will ultimately be celebrated in every parish to glorify the Martyrs of England.

Will it be wishful thinking to likewise hope that the Australian bishops will see to it that once again the Traditional Latin Mass is available in every parish of this country, even if the congregation has not specifically asked for it? In particular, one would like to see this Mass celebrated every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation in Australia's cathedrals.

Such a move would be in line with Pope Benedict XVI's wish that more frequent celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal) would help to reduce or eliminate the many liturgical abuses which have occurred since the introduction of the Novus Ordo following Vatican II.

It might be recalled that on 3 November 2007, a Pontifical Mass at the Throne was celebrated in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, to implement the Holy Father's Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum. An estimated 2,000 people attended the Mass.

ANTHONY BONO
Strawberry Hill, NSW

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