May 7, 2008

What Pope Benedict XVI has endorsed for Mass at "international gatherings"

In his Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis (2007) -- click on this post's title -- Pope Benedict XVI endorsed Latin for Masses at "international gatherings." The Vicar of Christ wrote:

"I am thinking here particularly of celebrations at international gatherings, which nowadays are held with greater frequency. The most should be made of these occasions. In order to express more clearly the unity and universality of the Church, I wish to endorse the proposal made by the Synod of Bishops, in harmony with the directives of the Second Vatican Council, that, with the exception of the readings, the homily and the prayer of the faithful, it is fitting that such liturgies be celebrated in Latin. Similarly, the better-known prayers of the Church's tradition should be recited in Latin and, if possible, selections of Gregorian chant should be sung." (No. 62)

So, won't it be nice to have Mass in Latin at all international gatherings in Los Angeles from now on?

And isn't the Archdiocese of Los Angeles's annual Religious Education Congress an international gathering? The organizers must be rushing right now to arrange for all REC Masses to be in Latin, yes?

What's that? You don't think so? Well, neither do I.


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