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Cardinal Arthur Roche, head of the Vatican’s liturgy department, makes more inflammatory claims about Catholics who love the traditional Latin Mass.

Rodney Pelletier of Church Militant summarizes the cardinal’s claims and some counter-arguments.

Even before being named cardinal on Saturday, and notably at the head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Divine Worship, Roche was the pope’s spokesperson regarding the repression of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

in a new interviewhe described the response of mainstream Catholics to the restrictions imposed on the MLT as “becoming almost hysterical”.

He went on to say, “It is the Church that makes the tradition,” and added, “If you take this seriously, then it raises some soul-searching for all of us as to how we view this: is this really something we are seriously considering, or are we trying to create another Church? Are we trying to be Protestant instead of Catholic? »

He said liturgical changes had been decreed by Vatican II, calling ecumenical councils the Church’s “highest level of legislation”.

Despite Roche’s assertion, Vatican II never specifically called for the drastic reconstruction of the Mass that occurred after 1963.

Instead, he only made a few vaguely defined directives, ordering “if necessary, that the rites should be carefully revised in the light of sound tradition, and given new vigor to meet the circumstances and needs of modern times” and “the rites should be distinguished by a noble simplicity”.

And finally, he noted that “the Rite of the Mass should be revised in such a way that the intrinsic nature and purpose of its various parts, as well as the connection between them, may be more clearly manifested, and that a pious participation and active by the faithful can be more easily achieved.”

But in the 1960s and 1970s, things snowballed into wild experimentation, liturgical abuse, and a general de-emphasis on the Mass primarily as sacrifice.

The next episode of Church Militant’s new Premium show, Rediscover the Tradition, will address how liturgical changes occurred and who prompted them.

If you’re a Premium member, you’ll be able to watch it on September 10.

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