- Jul 25, 2021
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.
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.
As rumors continue to foment that Pope Francis could further restrict access to the extraordinary form, one liturgical expert has said that regardless of what happens, one’s relationship with God shouldn’t suffer as a result.
The stars have aligned to suggest that Pope Francis faces a series of agonizing choices. Each represents an object lesson in why it’s never easy being in charge, especially of a complex global institution with a following of 1.3 billion highly diverse people and expectations of being a moral exemplar.
A major Rome summit on Saturday is hardly the first time the Church has seen a rift between the pope and some of his bishops.
Although Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea arguably just had his wings clipped, as Pope Francis recently transferred a share of his Vatican department’s control over translating liturgical texts to local bishops, a major address he gave on Thursday suggests that if anyone expects Sarah to go quiet, they can forget it — and equally, if anyone expects him to go to war against the boss, they can forget that too.
When Pope Benedict XVI liberalized permission for celebration of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass in 2007, he insisted he was creating two forms of the one Roman rite. Ten years later, however, it’s legitimate to ask if we actually have two separate rites.