Rome’s decision to rehabilitate the Latin Mass could have serious consequences for the universal Church.

     Many Catholic parishes (perhaps most) will divide into two factions:  one will want to restore the Latin Mass;  the other will want to retain the Vatican 11 Mass.   If the parish priest sides with one faction, he will anger the other.  If he tries to remain neutral, he will alienate both.

     This papal decision is a recipe for disaster.



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    SUZANNE Says:

    I really really doubt there will be factions. As it stands, people who want the Tridentine Mass in Ottawa go to St. Clement’s. They change parishes to get the Mass they want.

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    Barbara Says:

    I agree here with Suzanne. A priest can say a « private Mass » and others may attend, but there must be a stable number of people seeking a Latin Mass for it to become a fixture in a given parish — even so, it cannot be more than one per Sunday. With such a shortage of priests, can one afford to have a Latin Mass (extraordinary rite) few attend and inconveniencing the rest of the parishioners who prefer the normal rite? Remeber that the priest has to be knowledgeable in Latin and in the former liturgy to undertake it. Read the actual motu at Whispers in the Loggia.
    If you like a Latin Mass, go to one. Whatever floats your boat!
    It is the problem of the clergy and the bishops to keep their seas (sees) peaceful.

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    Joanne Nicholls Says:

    I’m not Catholic so I don’t quite get why it’s such a big deal. Is it basically the same service, just in Latin?

    It might get more people to attend church–people looking for a traditional approach. I know that in Protestant churches, the messages are similar but how they are delivered depends on the clientele. That doesn’t seem to be a problem. People can seek out the approach to their faith that best suits their wants and needs. Isn’t that what attending a church is about? Mind you, the Catholic Church seems less than flexible on a lot of issues.

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