Everything old is new again

Latin Mass has fallen out of use since the 1960s. But some traditionalists have been calling for its revival, and according to the New York Times, Pope Benedict XIV has signed a document that would allow churches to adopt the liturgy, known as the Tridentine Mass. While it’s not in high demand, some parishes are attracted to the liturgy, which previously required a priest to get his bishop’s permission before using the rite.

Now, priests no longer need to get that permission, and it’s stirring up a bit of controversy among Catholics. Some feel that this action may be a sign that Pope Benedict is not wholly committed to Vatican II reforms. Others are pleased that they can participate in a liturgy that brings about a feeling of connection to church history which they find “more moving, contemplative and historically authentic than the modern Mass.”

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