ROME, SEPT. 18, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Italian bishops' conference called Benedict XVI's recent letter on the expanded use of the Latin Mass an invitation to unity.
Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco said this Monday when he opened the conference's Permanent Council meeting.
The papal document "Summorum Pontificum," issued "motu proprio" (on his own initiative), which eased restrictions on the use of the 1962 Roman Missal, is a "unitive measure that will serve to invigorate the Christian community," the archbishop said.
The prelate reiterated an "ever willing and unconditional collaboration" with Benedict XVI, "especially when critical voices and voices of discord emerge in public opinion."
Archbishop Bagnasco added that the objective of the document is "clearly entirely spiritual and pastoral."
He recalled the Pope's affirmation that "it is good for everyone to preserve the riches that have grown up in the Church's faith and prayer," and it is necessary "to make every effort, so that all those who truly desire unity will be able to remain united or to rediscover unity."