Monday, July 16, 2007

Demand may rise with Pope's motu proprio

~from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At 11 a.m. today, Latin chant will fill St. Boniface Church, as veiled young women kneel with their husbands and children to hear the Rev. Matthew Talarico offer his first High Mass for Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community.

The 26-year-old from Cecil was ordained last month by Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis for a community whose call is to offer the traditional Latin, or Tridentine, Mass. Demand is expected to rise now that Pope Benedict XVI has said that the 1962 Mass -- the last approved Latin Mass before the changes of Vatican II -- no longer requires special permission from the bishop.

"Latin is the mother tongue of all Catholics," said Father Talarico, who will serve in the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J.

"Modern languages are always changing. In order to express a timeless liturgy and eternal truths, we use a language with a venerable tradition, a language which does not change, a language which unites us with all of our ancestors in the faith and which serves as a bridge to the future in bringing all Catholics the unity of faith."

But use of the Tridentine Mass is controversial.[Fasten your seat belts, bumpy road ahead] Some bishops had not permitted it [right, they were stingy, not generous, in other words], in part because they believed it spawned division and elitism. Some Catholics associate it with schismatic movements that reject all teachings of Vatican II. Jewish leaders expressed concerns because the 1962 Good Friday liturgy includes a prayer for the conversion of Jews [along with atheists, and various other peoples].

Father Talarico, however, was trained in Italy for the Institute of Christ the King, which is approved by the Vatican. He accepts Vatican II, noting that it hails Latin as the official language of the church.

The Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community, established in 1989, meets in St. Boniface Church of Holy Wisdom parish in the North Side. The Rev. Lawrence DiNardo, pastor of Holy Wisdom and chief canon lawyer for the diocese, will help decide how to apply the new rules.

Although he is not its chaplain -- the Rev. Kenneth Myers is -- the Latin Mass Community has been an asset to his parish, he said. With 650 participants, it is one of the largest diocesan Tridentine communities in the U.S.

Neither Father DiNardo, nor the Rev. Ronald Lengwin, the diocesan spokesman, expect the pope's decree to change much here. It doesn't require every pastor to offer the Mass if requested, Father DiNardo said. Those who want 1962 liturgy will continue to go to St. Boniface, he said.

However, the diocese is currently more permissive than the pope. [Huh? The blame would be the Bishop's, not the Pope's...scroll up to your 5th paragraph where you said it was the bishops that didn't allow it....be consistent] Two Sunday Masses are held here; the pope permitted just one. [gettin' boring, darlin'...get your facts straight] Pittsburgh has had permission for all Holy Week services; the pope forbade the Tridentine celebration of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. [Puh-leez, are you hoping that if you keep reporting a false fact that it'll become true in the end?]

More here. The second half of the article is pretty good...there's a little bit on why people are attracted to the Old Rite.

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