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Thursday, July 08, 2004

Out with the New, in with the Old 

The rumour mill is churning with speculations that the Holy See is about to loosen the regulations surrounding the Tridentine Mass, due to widespread frustration over the fact that bishops have been so reluctant to allow its use:

According to the report by Freddy Gray, "Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, told The Latin Mass, America's leading traditionalist magazine, that the Vatican was preparing to issue a 'juridical guarantee' in favor of the Tridentine rite, which was the Church's official rite from the 16th century until 1962.

John Medlin, development manager for the Latin Mass Society, said he was excited by the cardinal's comments. 'Rome is signaling that it is prepared to use the transcendent nature of the traditional Mass as a standard to rein in the abuse in the new rite,' he said. 'We are beginning to hear the death knell of liberalism in the Church and not before time'....."


(From Crux News via Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)

I was happy to notice an article today about the strong Tridentine Mass community in my former diocese, Raleigh:

As part of its efforts to reach out to all members, the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh is allowing traditional Latin masses at Dunn's Sacred Heart Catholic Church. For some, it is a walk down nostalgia lane. But for many more it is a new experience -- one that appeals to young people.

Indeed, Latin is enjoying a modest comeback. Movies such as Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," spoken in Latin and Aramaic, may be partly responsible. More likely, the traditional Latin Mass owes its fascination to a longing for timelessness and transcendence.

"There's a sense of mystery and holy sacredness," said Kim Hoover, 42, of Clayton, who recently attended the first such Mass with her family. "I don't know how to explain it -- a reverence you don't find a lot of times."


There's probably some truth to the observation that the sudden resurgence of interest in the Old Mass is connected to the surge of abuses in the New. Probably a lot of truth.

# posted by Jamie : 1:44 PM

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