Universal approval of Latin Missal could be on the way
Vatican City, Mar. 31, 2006 (CNA) - The St. Pius V Missal, which the Catholic Church used until 1962 before it was replaced by the new ordinary following the liturgical reforms of Vatican II, could be approved for universal use, according to sources close to the Vatican.
The decision on the use of the Missal, which was the subject of consultations between Pope Benedict XVI, the cardinals of the Church and the heads of the different Vatican diacasteries, could be announced after another meeting the Pope has scheduled for April 7 with Curia leaders.
The Pius V Missal contains the Mass celebrated in Latin according to the “Tridentine” rite and is currently allowed only with the permission of the local bishop. Universal approval would mean the traditional rite could be celebrated freely throughout the world by priests who wish to do so...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In what is sure to be some of the most exciting news to come out of Rome in a while, the old Latin (Tridentine) mass is coming back! Not only is this sure to please older generation Catholics, but in a surprising development, it's sure to please a lot of younger generation Catholics too! All over the world, particularly in the USA, the old Tridentine mass is winning the hearts of young people. It just goes to show you can't keep something so beautiful and classic down for long. The resurgence of the Tridentine mass also serves another purpose. It dispels liturgical confusion! The old Latin rite has a tendency to anchor parishes in the historic roots of the Catholic Church. Consequently, those that regularly celebrate it, also find a centering effect in their celebration of the Novus Ordo (new vernacular mass) as well. It helps them remember that they're Catholic and how they should be doing things. The return of the St. Pius V Missal will be welcome news to so many people, and I applaud the pope for this decision. May God bless him!