THE Pope is taking steps to revive the ancient tradition of the Latin Tridentine Mass in Catholic churches worldwide, according to sources in Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI is understood to have signed a universal indult — or permission — for priests to celebrate again the Mass used throughout the Church for nearly 1,500 years. The indult could be published in the next few weeks, sources told The Times....
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UPDATE 11:00am: All the Catholic news wires are now buzzing with this story. I think this one might be for real folks!
UPDATE 11:30pm: The entire Internet is now full of articles on this topic. It's impossible to count. Sources are religious and secular alike. This story is now shaping up to be the most widely covered topic on the Internet. If the pope doesn't sign the document now, it's likely to become the world's largest disappointment. I believe the popularity of this story has a lot to do with a general recognition that the Catholic Church has lost something very important over the last 30 years, and this papal action promises to become a driving force in the restoration of Roman Catholicism.