Monday, 16 June 2008

A TLM in every parish?!

Damian Thompson of Holy Smoke blog is reporting that Cardinal Castillon, at a press conference related to the TLM at Westminister Cathedral stated that every parish in England ad Wales will be required to have a TLM:

"Asked whether the Latin Mass would be celebrated in many ordinary parishes in future, Cardinal Castrillon said: “Not many parishes – all parishes. The Holy Father is offering this not only for the few groups who demand it, but so that everybody knows this way of celebrating the Eucharist.”

Now I have to say that my initial reaction was to take this with a grain of salt - it seemed pretty unlikely on the face of it that the Pope is going to legislate this way just yet. After all, he hasn't yet said a TLM publicly himself since Summorum Pontificum.

It did, however, seem consistent with the Cardinal's previous comments that a priest doesn't have to wait to be asked to offer the mass, but can just do it in order to expose more people to the treasures of the Church. So I tend to see this primarily as an exhortation to spread the 'Gregorian' (apparently the new terminology) mass more widely rather than anything more.

But far more informed commentators than me are taking this seriously, so go here for the coverage and debate:

  • Fr Finnigan of the Hermaneutic of Continuity;
  • Fr Z of What does the prayer really say;

And for a slightly less literal view of the comments:

In addition, Mr Thompson has now provided a transcript of the press conference on his blog. Read it and maybe we have to start believing....

In any case, the mass at Westminister seems to have been packed to the rafters with enthusiastic supporters of the Traditional Mass, and was clearly a wonderfully joyous occasion, all of which must be putting the frighteners on every anti-trad bishop and priest around the world....

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