WHY THE LATIN MASS?
20/04/08 22:16 Filed in: Tridentine Latin
"[B]ecause of its
richness, beauty, elevation, nobility and
ceremonial solemnity, because of its sense of
the sacred and reverential, because of its sense
of mystery, its greater precision and rigor --
thereby offering more security and protection
against abuses, without leaving space for
ambiguities, for the liberty, creativity,
adaptations, reductions and manipulations, as
Pope John Paul II lamented in the encyclical
"Ecclesia de Eucharistia" -- and being for us
the best liturgical expression of the
Eucharistic dogmas and solid spiritual
nourishment, it is one of the treasures of
Catholic liturgy, with which we express our love
and our communion with the holy Church."
-- Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan of Brazil, on the
Latin Mass quoted by Zenit.