Pope Benedict celebrates Latin Mass privately

Last week, our family officially registered at the local Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (Latin Mass) parish. This story about the Holy Father brings joy to my heart:

Damian Thompson, yet again, gives us a great headline and story:

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Tridentine Mass privately, says head of SSPX

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in private, according to the head of the Society of St Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay. Speaking at a gathering in Brazil this month, Bishop Fellay also claimed that an unnamed Italian bishop had threatened to resign if the Pope ever celebrated the traditional Latin Mass in public.

According to Fellay, the Holy Father’s secretary, Mgr Georg Gänswein, also uses the 1962 Missal; Father Z suggests that the Pope may sometimes serve Mass for him (in the older form, he implies, though this isn’t clear).

The rumours that Benedict XVI says the old Mass in his own chapel have been circulating for a long time; just last week, a senior Westminster priest with strong links to the Vatican told me he had reason to believe them. But Fellay is on the record here and I don’t think he would make such a claim unless he knew it to be true.

This cheers me up. I’ve deliberately stuck the word “Tridentine” in the headline to this post because, although it’s been largely superseded by “Extraordinary Form”, I want to remind all those English liberals who are hastily reinventing themselves as fans of the Holy Father that he profoundly loves the Mass they spent decades sneering at – and indeed celebrated it publicly when he was head of the CDF.

Read the whole article at the Telegraph.

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  • Anton

    Hi Taylor,

    why have you decided to join an FSSP parish? Do you think that the traditional old mass is more adquate to the mystery of Eucharist than the ordinary form?

    Will you write any blogs on this?

  • Nicholas Alexander Trandem

    Welcome to the Frat! If you’re ever in Denver be sure to stop at our Parish, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (http://www.olmcfssp.org).

  • Seminarian

    God bless our pope, the great, the good!

  • mdsmelser

    I was at the FSSP Latin Mass this Sunday in Irving, and 2 weeks ago. I am starting to enjoy and understand it better each time, but it is a long drive as I live out by Lake Lavon. I wish we could get the TLM in more Dallas parishes. Any ideas?

  • philonochie@gmail.com

    Ah! Great news! Hope lives! I think for me, my concentration level rises when I attend a tridentine mass. The mass becomes more of a mystery to me and I find myself contemplating the awesomeness of Christ condenscending to us and it is more aparent of a sacrifice being offered on our behalf, by the priest, and the faithful represented by the server, to God. The proper place of everything and the order of prayers really just help me understand the word ‘supplication’

  • Gina

    I have no problem with the Holy Father celebrating the Latin Mass, but I have been to the Society of St. Pius X website and they are quite insulting towards Vatican II – kinda hard to read material regarding them in a positive light