Dioceses Respond to Pope’s Document Restoring Limits to Pre-Vatican II Mass – .

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Dioceses Respond to Pope’s Document Restoring Limits to Pre-Vatican II Mass – .


Saint-Paul, Minnesota — Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis said on July 16 that, for now, parishes that celebrate Mass in the extraordinary form – also known as the “traditional Latin mass” or “Tridentine mass” – should stick to the status quo.

Hebda formed a task force to review Pope Francis’ new law to better monitor the use of this form of mass.

Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens chairs the task force, which will take time to understand the new law and consider the next steps to implement it in the Archdiocese.

Noting that the standards went into effect on July 16, Hebda said he “will need time to study the new standards, examine our local situation and seek advice.”

“In this spirit, I am happy to grant the necessary faculties so that priests who already celebrate the rites of the extraordinary form can continue to do so,” he said. “Likewise, I order that Mass in its extraordinary form be continued in the places where it is currently offered in the Archdiocese.

“No new public liturgical celebration of the extraordinary form, however, should be introduced into the Archdiocese at this time without my written permission. “

Currently, Mass in the extraordinary form is regularly offered in the Archdiocese in seven parishes.

Affirming that he was acting for the good of the unity of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis on July 16 restored the limits of the celebration of Mass according to the Roman missal in use before the Second Vatican Council, overturning or severely restricting the authorizations of Saint John Paul II. and Pope Benedict XVI had given to celebrate the mass known as the Tridentine rite.

His apostolic letter ” The custodians of the delivery “(” Guardians of Tradition “) declares that the liturgical books promulgated after the Second Vatican Council are” the sole expression of ‘lex pray‘(law of worship) of the Roman rite’, restoring the obligation of priests to have the permission of their bishops to celebrate according to the ‘extraordinary’ or pre-Vatican II Mass and ordering bishops not to establish new groups or parishes in their dioceses devoted to the ancient liturgy.

Priests currently celebrating Mass according to the old missal must seek permission from their bishop to continue doing so, ordered Francis, and for any priest ordained after the publication of the document on July 16, the bishop must consult the Vatican before granting permission.

In a statement released at the end of July, the Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, encouraged his brother bishops “to work with care, patience, justice and charity” as “this news standards are implemented… (and) as together we promote a Eucharistic renewal in our nation. “

Like the Archbishop of Minnesota, a number of other American bishops have also told their priests who celebrate Mass in extraordinary form and their parishes who are already authorized to celebrate this Mass that they can continue to do so for that they study the document further.

In a July 19 statement, Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori said that further study of the standards by individual bishops and the American Bishops’ Conference “will help determine how these standards apply here in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In the meantime, the current practice will continue and in the future every effort will be made to meet the pastoral needs of those who attend Holy Mass in an extraordinary form. “

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City tweeted shortly after the papal document was released:

“Many questions have been raised by the publication today of Pope Francis’ motu proprio Guardians of tradition. ‘ I have informed our clergy that I am granting temporary authorization to priests competent to offer Mass in the extraordinary form to continue to do so in churches that already have a Mass in extraordinary form on their schedule or in a private setting until that further study and clarification can inform proper implementation of this document. Thank you for your patience. “

Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock, Arkansas, said in a July 16 statement that it was my responsibility as bishop to indicate the implications of this change for our diocese.

The new standards “do not apply to our two personal parishes for the celebration of Latin Mass: St. John the Baptist Parish in Cabot and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Springdale,” he explained. “There is no change for these parishes or the priests who serve them.

“All that is required of them and of the priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) at their service is that they accept the validity and legitimacy of the liturgical reform of Vatican II, which they do . Guardians of Tradition‘warns me not to establish additional personal parishes for the celebration of Latin Mass in the future. “

» ‘sovereign pontiff‘(published by Pope Benedict) sought to foster the healing of the schism of Archbishop (Marcel) Lefebvre and others who rejected not only the liturgical reforms of Vatican II but often in fact the Council itself ”, Taylor explained. “It turned out that not only ‘Supreme The Pontifical‘do not achieve this goal, the unintended result in many places has been to create further division within parishes and among priests. “

« The custodians of the delivery, fruit of the consultation between the bishops in 2020, “seeks to promote unity by removing this source of division in our parishes”, he declared.

The document also means, Taylor said, that three “regular parish churches” where Mass in the extraordinary form in the Diocese of Little Rock was celebrated can no longer have Mass – Holy Redeemer Church in El Dorado, St Peter the Fisherman’s Church in Mountain Home and St. Michael’s Church in Cherokee Village.

The bishop said he is required to decide where Latin Mass can be celebrated and designates the churches in the personal parishes of Cabot and Springdale.

In San Francisco, responding to a request for comment from the Catholic News Agency on July 16, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said: “Mass is a miracle in all its forms: Christ comes to us in the flesh under the appearance of bread and wine. Unity under Christ is what matters.

“Therefore, the traditional Latin Mass will continue to be available here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and provided in response to the legitimate needs and desires of the faithful. “

In Pittsburgh, Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish was established as a personal parish to support the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in July 2019. Under the new standards, Bishop David Zubik has confirmed that there is no would have no modification of the statute of the parish and “no change” to these Masses celebrated in the church.

“With today’s communication from the Holy Father, we remain determined to work for the unity of the Church as Pope Francis implores us to do in his last teaching,” Zubik said in a statement.

Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisconsin, said in a July 16 letter to the faithful in his diocese that “before making any final decisions,” he “will seek to fully understand what the Holy See decrees.”

“Although I do not celebrate the Tridentine Mass myself, I have great esteem for its form and its seniority, knowing that many Catholics in our diocese derive immense graces and blessings by participating in it”, declared the ‘bishop. “This appreciation will certainly guide me in all the decisions to be made” to best serve “the needs of the faithful, the parishes and the diocese as a whole”.

In the meantime, he said, some points in the standards “require more immediate attention.”

“The priests of the diocese and other priests exercising a stable ministry in the diocese who wish to celebrate according to the Roman Missal of 1962 can presume of my authorization to do so for the moment, in fidelity to all the relevant liturgical and disciplinary norms, but they should anticipate in the near future in the future that I will ask them to contact me to request continued permission, ”Hying said.

Until “the times and places for the public celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form” are designated, Masses can continue to be celebrated at the times and places where they have been regularly celebrated throughout the diocese, including included in parish churches, he said, adding that readings should “be proclaimed in the vernacular using translations of Holy Scripture approved for liturgical use by the United States Conference of Bishops.

“May all of us, whether we worship at the Novus Ordo Mass or at the Tridentine Mass, find our unity in the Eucharist, the living bread of God who died and rose from the dead, so that we may be saved and live eternally with him. Lord, ”Hying added.

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