Tridentine Rite permitted in Westminster


Westminster priests who seek permission to celebrate the Tridentine Rite will be allowed to do so. As long as the congregation accepts the liturgical reforms of Vatican 2.


Last week, Pope Francis issued a Motu Proprio which effectively banned the celebration of the Extraordinary Form in parish churches. And he asked bishops to appoint priests who could celebrate the rite, and decide when and where this form of the Mass could continue.


In a letter to priests of the Westminster Archdiocese, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said: “'My intention is to grant faculties for these requests, as long as it is clear that the conditions of the Motu Proprio are fulfilled and the intentions of the Holy Father fully accepted.


“I am fully aware of the priests who, in recent years, have provided the celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Missal, in response to requests from the faithful. I have received from many of them a request to continue to do so, together with assertions that those who gather with them for these celebrations fully accept the Novus Ordo and the decisions of the Second Vatican Council.


“I am grateful for this ministry which has been undertaken in a sound and generous spirit.


“I therefore ask that any priest who, at present, celebrates Mass with the Missal of 1962 to let me have the details of those celebrations: times and places, together with affirmations of the fidelity to the Church and acceptance of the validity and legitimacy of the liturgical reforms dictated by the Second Vatican Council, in as much as is possible, of those in his care.”


The bishops of Birmingham, Southwark and Arundel & Brighton have reportedly granted faculties for the Extraordinary Rite to continue in their dioceses.


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Photograph of Cardinal Nichols © Archdiocese of Westminster

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