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Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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ENGLAND AND WALES: THE LATIN MASS IN EVERY PARISH


Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos, the senior Vatican cardinal in charge of liturgy, said at a press conference in London today that the Latin Mass will not only return to England and Wales, but will be re-introduced into every single parish in order to educate Catholics in the treasure of the "Gregorian Rite" Latin Mass. Such an act by the Church would go farther to restore western civilization than any legislation or act of parliament ever could.

Excerpts from
Telegraph: "Asked whether the Latin Mass would be celebrated in many ordinary parishes in future, Cardinal Castrillon said: “Not many parishes – all parishes. The Holy Father is offering this not only for the few groups who demand it, but so that everybody knows this way of celebrating the Eucharist.”

"The Cardinal, who heads the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, made his comments as he was preparing to celebrate a traditional Latin Mass at Westminster Cathedral yesterday, the first time a cardinal has done so there for 40 years."

According to Cardinal Hoyos, all seminaries will be required to teach its seminarians how to say the old Mass so that they will be able to celebrate it. Additionally, parishes throughout the world will receive special instructions and education on how to appreciate the older Latin rite Mass.

"Cardinal Castrillon said that the reverent silence of the traditional rite was one of the “treasures” that Catholics would rediscover, and young worshippers would encounter for the first time.

"Pope Benedict will reintroduce the old rite – which will be known as the “Gregorian Rite” - even where the congregation has not asked for it. “People don’t know about it, and therefore they don’t ask for it,” the Cardinal explained."

The Cardinal added, “The experience of the last 40 years has not always been so good. Many people have lost their sense of adoration for God, and these abuses mean that many children do not know how to be in the presence of God.”

"Such sweeping liturgical changes are certain to cause intense controversy. At a press conference, a journalist from the liberal Tablet magazine, which is close to the English bishops, told the Cardinal that the new liturgical changes amounted to “going backwards”.

"Following last year’s papal decree, liberal bishops in England and America have attempted to limit the takeup of the old Mass by arguing that the rules say it should only be reintroduced when a “stable group” of the faithful request it. But Cardinal Castrillon said that a stable group could consist of as few as three people, and they need not come from the same parish.

"The changes will take a few years to implement fully, he added, just as the Second Vatican Council had taken a long time to absorb. He insisted that the widespread reintroduction of the old Mass did not contradict the teachings of the Council.

"If anyone saith...that the Mass ought to be celebrated in the vulgar tongue only let him be an anathema." Council of Trent, Session 22, Canon 9 (Sept 17, 1562)