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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Tridentine Mass "Not a Priority," Says Cardinal Arinze

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 13, 2005 ( No one at the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist has addressed the issue of the "Tridentine rite" Mass that the Latin Church used before the Second Vatican Council.

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, Cardinal Francis Arinze, mentioned this at a press conference today when he evaluated the first phase of the synodal assembly.

"No synodal father has mentioned this point," said Cardinal Arinze, the co-president of the assembly. The so-called Tridentine rite was approved by Pope St. Pius V.

"If there are groups that desire the Tridentine Mass, this is already provided for," he said. "Bishops may allow it for groups."

"It is not a priority for the synod, as no one has spoken about it," the cardinal concluded. "The problem we have discussed is that many people don't go to Mass, and those that come don't understand -- they go to Communion but not to confession, as if they were immaculate."
Have you all seen the priorities for this Synod? Communion for the Orthodox. Communion for protestants. Communion for the divorced and remarried. Why is it that heretics and schismatics get more concessions from the Church than Catholics who just want to worship the way Catholics did for, arguably, nearly 2000 years?

Sometimes it takes real effort to convince myself that the gates of Hell will never prevail....


Comments [6]

Anonymous Anonymous:

He is a reform of the reform guy. What do you expect? He won't accept the the NO is broken and it can't be fixed.

Sat Oct 15, 12:56:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Numquam Satis:

Why would the synod explicitly say that they didn't talk about Tridentine Mass? Were there rumours or talks loud enough to make the synod bishops feel threatened?

Sat Oct 15, 03:03:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Kenny:

I think it isn't the Synod that said no one talked about the Traditional Mass. It was an observation Cardinal Arinze mentioned at a press conference. Maybe he was asked about it, or he was expecting some bishops to talk about it.

I won't be surprised that Cardinal Arinze was somewhat expecting that some bishops might intervene about the Traditional Mass, especially when he is believed to be a supporter of the old Rite (but I'm not so sure of that anymore).

Sat Oct 15, 04:19:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Brownthing:

You know, I can live with a reform of the reform. It will probably lead back to the Tridentine anyway. Whatever happens is in God's plan, even when the gates of Hell look like they're prevailing. The gates of Hell looked like they had won on Good Friday, and then what happened?

It's all going to take time. Be patient. Sometimes what you want when you want it is not what's best for you. Offer your pious longings for the Old Rite to God and He will bring good out of them.

Sat Oct 15, 08:52:00 PM GMT  
Blogger ecumenicaltraddie:

Mon Oct 17, 03:47:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Perpétua:

I suppose for the time being we will have to remain the little voice coming from the wilderness. Everything is still a bit too noisy for us to be heard :)

Tue Oct 18, 04:29:00 AM GMT  

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