11 October 2006

Breaking News! Pope Benedict & the Tridentine Mass

Expansion of the Tridentine Mass to come soon?

New stories out of the Vatican, and according to Catholic World News, confirmed reports say that Pope Benedict XVI is preparing a motu proprio to "extend permissions for priests to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass". This would, according to the article from CWN, come in the form of a universal indult for all priests of the Latin rite. Under Pope John Paul II's Ecclesia Dei (1988), priests currently have to have the permission of their bishop to celebrate the Tridentine Mass. There is no date set for the release of the document.

I have never seen the Tridentine Mass in its entirety, but have seen pictures and clips of one being celebrated. Thank God for Pope Benedict who is giving the faithful the opportunity to participate in this beautiful liturgy that has been the jewel of the Church for so long.


Blogger Lucia said...

It is really wonderful that Pope Benedict wishes to increase the use of the Tridentine rite. I didn't understand, though how his motu proprio is different from Ecclesia Dei, since the CWN article says that in the document "bishops are strongly encouraged to allow free use of both forms." This seems to imply that individual permission from the bishops is still needed. (Maybe the article means Ecclesia Dei when it refers to 'the papal document'?)

October 13, 2006 3:38 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

Lucia, you're right. I don't like the wording of that. Bishops were strongly encouraged to a wide and generous application of the indult in Ecclesia Dei. Hmm... though a universal indult should mean universal. I guess we'll have to wait for the actual document!

October 13, 2006 6:08 PM  

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