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Benedict’s Revolution: The Return of the Old Latin Mass

April 21st, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

From Inside Catholic 

by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Originally appeared November 5, 2007

…Benedict’s move is an act of generosity, justice, and simple common sense. When the Church possesses something of priceless worth like the Missal of St. Pius V — which is itself the consummation of centuries of gradual development — and when some of her faithful seek to nourish their souls at its copious font of grace, who could be so petty as to deny it to them?
Countless figures of prominence recognized what the Church was losing in the old rite. When nearly four decades ago it seemed as if the traditional Latin Mass would never be heard from again, a group of British intellectuals, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, issued a protest to the pope urging him not to carry out such a terrible offense against Europe’s cultural patrimony. Signatories included Agatha Christie, Graham Greene, and Malcolm Muggeridge. It read, in part…


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One Response to “Benedict’s Revolution: The Return of the Old Latin Mass”

  1. Mike says:

    That’s an excellent article, Bernie.

    I find it somewhat ironic that, when the Fathers of Vatican II described the Eucharistic sacrifice as “the source and summit of the Christian life,” the Novus Ordo Mass did not yet exist. What they obviously had in mind was the Tridentine Mass and the other ancient rites of the Church.

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