The Diocese of Rome prohibits the traditional Latin Mass for the Paschal Triduum | Catholic National Register


With the motu proprio, Pope Francis declared that it is now the “exclusive competence” of each bishop to authorize the use of the traditional Latin mass in his diocese.

ROME – The Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome banned the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass during the Paschal Triduum in his implementation of the motu proprio of Pope Francis Traditionis custodes.

In a letter dated October 7, but made public on several blogs on November 9, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said that Mass could continue to be celebrated according to the Roman Missal of 1962 in five churches in Rome every day except the evening of Holy Thursday on the evening of Easter Sunday, the period known as triduum.

Cardinal De Donatis also declared that no other sacrament or sacramental can be celebrated according to the pre-Vatican II missal, except for the mass.

The diocesan press office confirmed on November 10 that the letter, addressed to the priests and faithful of the diocese of Rome, was authentic.

As Pope, Francis is also the Bishop of Rome, but because the Pope has many other responsibilities, the daily care of the Diocese of Rome is entrusted to the Vicar General, whose full title is Vicar General of His Holiness.

A vicar general is given, by canon law, executive power over the diocese in all administrative acts except those reserved for the bishop. In the diocese of Rome, the cardinal vicar functions as a de facto diocesan bishop.

The directives of the Diocese of Rome were issued in response to Pope Francis motu proprio Traditionis custodes, published in July, which placed strict restrictions on Mass using the 1962 Roman Missal, variously known in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, the Tridentine Mass and the Traditional Latin Mass.

In a letter to the bishops of the world explaining his decision, the Pope said he felt compelled to act because the use of the 1962 Missal was “often characterized by a rejection not only of liturgical reform, but of Vatican Council II. – even, affirming, with unbearable affirmations, that he betrayed the Tradition and the “true Church”.

Responding to the Pope’s motu proprio, the Cardinal Vicar of Rome declared “that it seemed opportune to continue to exercise a lively pastoral charity towards the faithful” who wish to participate in the traditional Latin Mass.

He said that all priests in the diocese who sought to celebrate Mass according to the 1962 Missal must be authorized in writing by the diocesan bishop, as stipulated in Traditionis custodes.

The cardinal appointed the parish priest of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, a church directed by the Fraternity Sacerdotale Saint-Pierre (FSSP), as responsible “pro tempore” (for the moment) of the “worthy celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy, as well as of the ordinary pastoral and spiritual care of the faithful. “

The readings during the traditional Latin Mass are to be proclaimed in Italian according to the 2008 translation of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, according to the letter from Cardinal De Donatis.

He added that with the motu proprio of Pope Francis, “it is no longer possible to use the Roman Ritual and the other liturgical books of the“ ancient rite ”for the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals (for example, not even the Ritual for the Reconciliation of Penitents according to the old form).

Posted with immediate effect July 16, Traditionis custodes (“Guardians of Tradition”) made changes to Benedict XVI’s 2007 statement apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum, which recognized the right of all priests to say Mass using the 1962 Roman Missal.

With Traditionis custodes, Pope Francis declared that it is now the “exclusive competence” of each bishop to authorize the use of the traditional Latin mass in his diocese.

Since the promulgation of the motu proprio, some bishops have said that priests can Carry on to offer the traditional Mass in Latin in their dioceses, while others have banned this.


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