Pope wants all new priests to be trained in the Latin mass

The Times

The Vatican is writing to seminaries to request all student priests are trained in how to say the Tridentine Mass, a liturgy abandoned for Mass in the vernacular in the 1960s, says Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos

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.

The Vatican is now writing to seminaries to ask that student priests be
required to learn the rite, which, in widescale liturgical changes following
the modernising church council Vatican II (1962-5), was largely replaced by
Mass in the vernacular.

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.”

He attacked claims by Catholics who claim the Tridentine revival is a step
backwards liturgically, saying: “Others think that the Holy Father is going
against the Second Vatican Council. That is absolute ignorance. The Fathers
of the Council, never celebrated a Mass other than the Gregorian one. It
[the Novus Ordo] came after the Council … The Holy Father, who is a
theologian and who was in the preparation for the Council, is acting exactly
in the way of the Council, offering with freedom the different kinds of

He added: “The experience of these 40 years has not always been so good. Many
people abandoned the sense of adoration (of God)…There is (now) an
atmosphere that makes it possible for these abuses and that atmosphere must
be changed,” he said in English. “It is not a matter of confrontation but of
dialogue — fraternal dialogue — making efforts to understand the precious
things contained in the new and the old rites.

Used worldwide in Catholic parishes from 1570 until the 1960s, the Tridentine
Rite also differs in key aspects from the modern Catholic liturgy. In the
modern Mass, a priest will face the congregants, in the Tridentine Rite, he
will pray facing the altar, traditionally placed facing East, towards
Jerusalem, and thus the direction of the place from which Christ is believed
to have ascended to heaven.

In July 2007. Benedict XVI announced that every priest who wished to do so
might celebrate Mass in the Tridentine Rite – without requiring, as had
previously been the case, permission from their local bishop.

Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos added: “Today for many bishops it is difficult
because they don’t have priests who don’t know Latin.Many seminaries give
very few hours to Latin – not enough to give the necessary preparation to
celebrate in a good way the Extraordinary Form.”

One Response

  1. “How to Serve Low Mass” CD is a beautiful training exercise for an Altar Server to learn how to serve Low Mass. The instruction was given by a Roman Catholic Priest from Catholic University of America in the 1950s. The training gives an overview of the functions and duties of an Altar Server throughout Mass, as well as the Latin prayers he must recite and when. This CD is a great guide for any Altar Server trying to learn to serve Mass, but also great for a layperson to devoutly learn the prayers and rubrics of the traditional Latin Roman Rite of Mass.




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