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Friday, May 02, 2008

The News that was Forthcoming

Perhaps some of you might remember the "Forthcoming News" from last month.

Well here it is. And here.

In the beginning of April, I was in Rome at the papal mass in remembrance of Beloved John Paul II The Great's death.

Having gotten seats to the side of the altar only yards away from the Holy Sacrifice of the mass, I looked over and saw Fr. Michael Mary whom I recognized from the documentary linked above praying before the liturgy began. I went over to him and introduced myself knowing that for him to be in Rome at a papal mass meant they were coming back into formal communion with the universal Church. I told him how good it was to see him. He seemed taken aback and genuinely moved.

I asked him if he was saying any masses in Rome while there. He said, yes, and told me where, but then added that it would not be proper for me to come as they are not as of that moment fully regularized back into the Church.

It was a beautiful moment in the Eternal City. True fruit of the liberalization of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite.

Welcome home Fr. Michael Mary, thank you for holding out for the sake of tradition.

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