Pope aims to bring back Latin Mass
The Pope is continuing moves to reintroduce the traditional Latin Mass. By Shelley Marsden - 14/05/07
Pope Benedict is supposed to have already signed an ‘indult’, or given permission, that allows Roman Catholics the world over to celebrate the Tridentine Rite at any time they so wish. At present permission must be given by a diocesan bishop.
If the Tridentine Rite makes a comeback it will mean a triumph for traditionalists, and underlines. There is dissent amongst German bishops about the move however, according to Vatican sources.
The Pope, in a private audience with a leading traditionalist, Alice von Hildebrand, expressed his intention to publish permission to celebrate the 16th-century rite this month. This was expected before now, but the delay is said to be down to objections by German bishops that were sent to the Pope in the form of a seven-page document.
When the Rite is published, it is expected that a prayer which calls for the conversion of Jews, will be omitted, something which leaders of German and British councils of Christians and Jews have already rallied against. The document is also expected to include an "opt-out clause" that disallows the Rite being practiced at local churches, pleasing German and modernist French bishops.