Monday, 9 May 2011

The Pope Wishes EVERY PARISH to have the Latin Mass

On June 17th 2008 The Times reported:

Pope Benedict XVI wants every parish in the West to offer believers the Mass in the Tridentine or Gregorian Rite, the Latin-language liturgy used until the 1960s by every Catholic church in the world. 

Three years on and the availability of the Latin Mass across Wales is pitiful! As I understand it the same picture is true in most dioceses, with some better than others - but nowehere coming closed to "every parish" especially for Sunday Mass.

Why are the Pope's wishes being ignored? Why is this wonderful Liturgical treasury of Heaven's Graces being denied to the Faithful? Why are the Faithful being treated like obstinate children when many of us simply want to do what the Holy Father wants, for the benefit of the Church, the faithful, our priests and our parishes?

The Pope wishes every parish to offer both rites for Sunday Mass, an eminent Vatican Cardinal announced in London on Saturday. Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, said: “The Holy Father is willing to offer to all the people this possibility, not only for the few groups who demand it but so that everybody knows this way of celebrating the Eucharist in the Catholic Church.”
It was a “gift” and a “treasure,” Castrillon Hoyos said, hours before celebrating a Tridentine liturgy attended by some 1,500 worshippers at Westminster Cathedral on June 14. “This kind of worship is so noble, so beautiful – the deepest theologians’ way to express our faith. The worship, the music, the architecture, the painting, makes a whole that is a treasure.” 

Amen to that.


  1. Good to be reminded of those words and of the Holy Father's intent. Many thanks Gareth.

  2. Why are the Pope's wishes being ignored?

    I don't think, if you read Summorum Pontificum and the accompanying letter from Pope Benedict, you will find any justification for the claim that "Pope Benedict wants every parish to celebrate the Extraordinary Form".

    That may have been Cardinal Hoyos take on it all ... but do read "the original", and I think you'll find it says something else.

  3. Joe - OK, so let us say you are right and the Cardinal is wrong. Still we have a situation where the Tridentine Mass is only available to a pitiful few, and even then very often on weekdays and similar.

    As the Tridentine Mass is perfectly legit, as the Pope wants it celebrated, we are left to wonder why it is not more freely available?

  4. By the way just wondering why the servers or deacons behind the priest hold up the hem of the vestment, its not going to get in the way or anything so must have some function or is it a practical move to prevent tripping or fumbling?