Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Breaking News: Pope to Sign Universal Indult on the Traditional (Tridentine) Latin Mass


A Headline in today's Times Online reads: "Pope set to bring back Latin Mass that divided the Church"! The article also states: "The new indult would permit any priest to introduce the Tridentine Mass to his church, anywhere in the world, unless his bishop has explicitly forbidden it in writing. [which we now know is not possible for the bishop to forbid the Mass]"

THE Pope is taking steps to revive the ancient tradition of the Latin Tridentine Mass in Catholic churches worldwide, according to sources in Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI is understood to have signed a universal indult — or permission — for priests to celebrate again the Mass used throughout the Church for nearly 1,500 years. The indult could be published in the next few weeks, sources told The Times.

Use of the Tridentine Mass, parts of which date from the time of St Gregory in the 6th century and which takes its name from the 16th-century Council of Trent, was restricted by most bishops after the reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).

Update (2010):By now if you have followed any news on Catholicism you will see a proliferation in the Mass of All Times that has resulted from this released indult in 2007.  See the posts below for information on what has happened.
  1. Posts on the Traditional Latin Mass
  2. Indult is called Summorum Pontificum
  3. Summorum Pontificum Released!
  4. 2 Year Anniversary of Indult: What Has Happened Since Then

11 comment(s):

del_button October 11, 2006 at 8:46 AM
Vidimusdominum said...

Let's pray that it's not speculation.

del_button October 11, 2006 at 11:00 AM
Anonymous said...

If it is true, the 'supression' of this beautiful Mass will finally come to an end by derelict bishops.

del_button October 11, 2006 at 11:25 AM
Anonymous said...

:D :D :D :D

del_button October 11, 2006 at 1:21 PM
Staying in Balance said...

I'm so happy about this!!! Now, pray we get priests who are willing to say this Mass.

del_button October 11, 2006 at 2:13 PM
Cathy said...

"...Latin Mass that divided Church."

I don't think it was the Latin Mass that did that.

del_button October 11, 2006 at 3:03 PM
Anonymous said...

Hopefully my parish will have the Latin Mass!!! And I couldn't agree more with 4hischurch.

del_button October 11, 2006 at 4:56 PM
Anonymous said...

This is great news, but most Catholic Churches are not set up properly for the Tridentine Mass. All the alter rails would have to be re-installed to receive Holy Communion kneeling.

del_button October 11, 2006 at 5:15 PM
Cathy said...

If there aren't altar rails, that's okay.
There are many churches that don't have altar rails that offer the Tridentine Mass.

del_button October 11, 2006 at 6:00 PM
Anonymous said...

This doesn't mean that the indult is going to happen, but I just saw that THE DRUDGE REPORT has picked up on this (from Times of London).

del_button October 11, 2006 at 8:59 PM
Anonymous said...

That's great...I hope they do one at my parish sometime.

del_button October 12, 2006 at 12:03 PM
Steven said...

Ma beck is right, my local church that offers the Latin Mass once a month just reserves the front row of pews and use them for Communion, so a lack of rails isn't that much of a problem, creative solutions exist

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