Tuesday, October 10, 2006

London Times reports Pope will give blanket authorization for Tridentine Mass again!

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How would they know? They don't cite their source. [They have rewritten the article and now cite the Cornell blog and Cardinal Zen. See below.]

THE Pope is taking steps to revive the ancient tradition of the Latin Tridentine Mass in Catholic churches worldwide, according to sources in Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI is understood to have signed a universal indult — or permission — for priests to celebrate again the Mass used throughout the Church for nearly 1,500 years. The indult could be published in the next few weeks, sources told The Times.



Use of the Tridentine Mass, parts of which date from the time of St Gregory in the 6th century and which takes its name from the 16th-century Council of Trent, was restricted by most bishops after the reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).

This led to the introduction of the new Mass in the vernacular to make it more accessible to contemporary audiences. By bringing back Mass in Latin, Pope Benedict is signalling that his sympathies lie with conservatives in the Catholic Church. [....snip] Times of London

How-some-ever, the good bloggers at Cornell's "Society For a Good Time" (Taken from the name of one of St John Bosco's Boy's Clubs) think they have they answer. They say that Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong informed an English Priest that the document has been signed but that it won't be released until November, probably at the same time as the final document of the 2005 Synod is released. Rome always seems to be a hot bed of rumors, but there sure doesn't seem to be any Coadjutor Rumors coming out lately. They seem to have their priorities all mixed up, don't they? Hat Tip to Amy at Open Book, as usual.






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