- Jul 26, 2021
When Cameron O’Hearn set out two-years-ago to create a documentary on the Traditional Latin Mass, he envisioned it being an invitation to his fellow Catholics. What he never envisioned, was Pope Francis restricting Mass’s celebration a month before the documentary was set to release.
Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis said 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.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog agency, sent a questionnaire, at the pope’s request, to bishops’ conferences last year about the Latin Mass.
If you want to understand why Pope Francis is willing to use the power of his office to enforce discipline on the Latin Mass but not on communion for pro-choice politicians, maybe a concern for “weaponization” of the faith is at least part of it.
Pope Francis’s decision to tighten restrictions on the celebration of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass was met with polar reaction from Catholics around the globe, with some praising the move as prophetic, and others calling it a stain on Francis’s legacy.
On Friday the Vatican confirmed rumors that Pope Francis was planning to restrict norms regarding the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass with the publication of a new law that walks back previous reforms.
A second Catholic cardinal has questioned the legitimacy of a recent decree by the Vatican to restrict the celebration of the old Latin Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and forbid private Masses in its side chapels.
Siblings who feel called by God to religious vocations often say the call was distinctly individualized, but they are grateful for the support they received in their discernment from their biological brothers and sisters.