Thursday, May 17, 2007

'The intention of extending to the whole Latin Church'

~Fr. Z has a translation of Cardinal Castrillon's address to CELAM (hat tip to Zadok): the time has come
[Card. Castrillon]: It is an issue, on the other hand, of a generous offer of the Christ’s Vicar who, as expression of his pastoral will, wants to put at the disposal of the Church all the treasures of the Latin liturgy that for centuries has nourished the spiritual life of so many generations of the catholic faithful. The Holy Father wants to preserve the immense spiritual, cultural and aesthetic treasures tied to the ancient liturgy. The recovery of this wealth joins to the no less beautiful of the current liturgy of the Church.

For these reasons the Holy Father has the intention of extending to the whole Latin Church the possibility of celebrating the Holy Mass and the Sacraments according to the liturgical books promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962. For this liturgy, which was never abolished, and that, as we have said, is considered a treasure, a new and renewed interest exists today and also for this reason the Holy Father thinks that the time has come to facilitate, as the first Commission Cardenalicia had wanted it in 1986, the access to this liturgy, doing of her an extraordinary form of the only Roman rite. More
Zadok comments: My advice to Catholics of all hues - listen to the Holy Father and pray for him. Allow him the space and the time to do this properly and with prudence. Don't rely on the secular press to report this accurately.

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