Latin Mass fans cel­e­brate an­nual pil­grim­age

The Oklahoman - - NATION | WORLD - BY NI­COLE WINFIELD The As­so­ci­ated Press

VAT­I­CAN CITY — Fans of the old Latin Mass de­scended on Rome on Thurs­day for their an­nual pil­grim­age, fac­ing in­dif­fer­ence to their cause, if not out­right re­sis­tance, from none other than Pope Fran­cis.

Ten years af­ter Pope Bene­dict XVI passed a law al­low­ing greater use of the Latin Mass, Fran­cis seems to be do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to roll it back or sim­ply pre­tend it never hap­pened.

In re­cent weeks, he has af­firmed with “mag­is­te­rial author­ity” that the re­forms of the 1960s al­low­ing for

Mass to be cel­e­brated in the ver­nac­u­lar rather than Latin were “ir­re­versible.” Last week he gave lo­cal bish­ops con­fer­ences author­ity to over­see those trans­la­tions, rather than the Vat­i­can.

The moves un­der­scored that the age-old liturgy wars in the Catholic Church are very much alive and pro­vide a mi­cro­cosm view of the bat­tle lines that have been drawn be­tween con­ser­va­tive, tra­di­tion­al­ist Catholics and Fran­cis ever since he de­clined to wear the tra­di­tional, er­minetrimmed

red mozzetta cape for his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance as pon­tiff in 2013.

The in­dif­fer­ence seems re­cip­ro­cal.

At a con­fer­ence Thurs­day mark­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of Bene­dict’s de­cree lib­er­al­iz­ing use of the Latin Mass, the meet­ing or­ga­nizer, the Rev. Vin­cenzo Nuara, didn’t even men­tion Fran­cis in his open­ing re­marks. The cur­rent pope was men­tioned in pass­ing by the sec­ond speaker, and ig­nored en­tirely by the third.

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Car­di­nals Ger­hard Lud­wig Mueller, left, and Robert Saraha at­tend a con­fer­ence on the Latin Mass at the Pon­tif­i­cal Univer­sity of St. Thomas Aquinas, Thurs­day in Rome.

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