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Monday, November 13, 2006

Cardinal Arinze Wants More Masses to be Said in Latin

Cardinal Francis Arinze, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, recently addressed a liturgy conference in St. Louis. Here are some highlights from the news article on the event. (Hat tip: CWnews)

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The Latin language now, he said "is in the ecclesiastical refrigerator ... Mass today should be in Latin from time to time."

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"Is it a small matter," he asked, for priests or bishops from around the world to be able to speak to each other in universal language of the church? Or for "a million students" who gather for World Youth Day every few years "to be able to say parts of the Mass in Latin?"

In an hourlong, often humorous, address that received several standing ovations, Arinze suggested that, in order to give Catholics options, large parishes offer the Mass in Latin at least once a week, and in smaller, rural parishes, at least once a month. (Homilies, he said, should always be in the faithful's native language.) Latin "suits a church that is universal. It has a stability modern languages don't have," he said.

[Emphasis added.]

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My Comments: Who does Cardinal Arinze think he is? Weekly and monthly Masses in Latin? This is a complete rollback of everything Vatican II stood for!

What's that? You want me to read Paragraphs 36 and 54 of Vatican II's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy? OK. But this changes nothing. Believe me, I know what the Spirit of Vatican II is.

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36. 1. Particular law remaining in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.

2. But since the use of the mother tongue, whether in the Mass, the administration of the sacraments, or other parts of the liturgy, frequently may be of great advantage to the people, the limits of its employment may be extended. This will apply in the first place to the readings and directives, and to some of the prayers and chants, according to the regulations on this matter to be laid down separately in subsequent chapters.

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54. In Masses which are celebrated with the people, a suitable place may be allotted to their mother tongue. This is to apply in the first place to the readings and "the common prayer," but also, as local conditions may warrant, to those parts which pertain to the people, according to tho norm laid down in Art. 36 of this Constitution.

Nevertheless steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.

[Emphasis added.]

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