Latin Mass Forbidden in the Diocese of Rome on Easter Triduum 2022

The Diocese of Rome has also determined that no other sacraments or sacramentals should be celebrated according to the old rite.

Italy – Rome (10/11/2021 10:24, Gaudium Press) Through a letter, addressed to the priests and faithful Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of the diocese of Rome, has prohibited the celebration of the traditional Mass prior to the reform of the Second Vatican Council during the Easter Triduum of 2022. The Easter Triduum includes all celebrations starting with the Last Supper on Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday.

In addition, the Roman Diocese has also determined that no other sacraments or sacramentals should be celebrated according to the old rite. These guidelines were issued in response to the motu proprio ‘Traditionis custodes’ authored by Pope Francis, The Document, published in July, imposes restrictions on the use of the 1962 Roman Missal.

Reasons for ‘Traditionis custodes’

According to Pope Francis, the use of the 1962 missal was “often characterized by a rejection not only of the liturgical reform, but of the Second Vatican Council itself, alleging, with unfounded and untenable assertions, that (the reform) betrayed Tradition and the ‘true Church’.”

The Roman Vicariate, has designated the pastor of the church of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini parish as temporarily responsible for the dignified celebration of the Extraordinary form and will look after the ordinary pastoral and spiritual care of the faithful attached to the traditional Mass. Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini Parish is run by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).

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Francis’ Motu Proprio revoked Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter

As per Cardinal De Donatis’ letter, the readings during traditional Latin Masses must be proclaimed in Italian according to the 2008 translation of the Italian Bishops’ Conference. De Donatis emphasizes that “it is no longer possible to use the Roman Ritual and the other liturgical books of the ‘ancient rite’ for the celebration of sacraments and sacramentals.”

The motu proprio ‘Traditionis custodes,‘ published on July 16, revoked Benedict XVI’s 2007 apostolic letter ‘Summorum Pontificum,’ which extended to all priests the right to say Mass using the 1962 Roman Missal. Since then, Bishops worldwide have either allowed or forbidden priests to pray the traditional Latin Mass in their dioceses. (EPC)

Compiled by Gustavo Kralj

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