Showing posts with label diocesan reaction. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 22, 2007

News & Analysis

Statement of the Bishop of Baton Rouge LA and Commentary by Father John Carville
Analysis - Father Zulsdorf

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville — Pope Benedict’s document on the use of the traditional Latin Mass

Pope Benedict Affirms the Connections Between New and Old Mass By Bishop Robert W. Finn Kansas City-St. Joseph

Sacred Heart University - Expert available for comment on “Latin mass”: implications for christian-jewish relations. CMR -Analysis on Sacred Heart Statement

Resource
Summorum Pontificum Contact Database - In an effort to help Catholics who want to see the Traditional Latin Mass in their diocese connect with priests who want to provide the Traditional Latin Mass, LumenGentleman is now hosting a contacts database to help bring people together. The more data we can collect, the more successful this will be, so click here to add your information!

Note: I wish to express a very large thank you to everyone who has posted links in the suggestion box to news stories, interesting analysis, diocesan reactions, and church bulletins. These links are invaluable for understanding the reaction to Summorum Pontificum from bishops to parish priests to the laity. This blog is your resource, so if you see something interesting, please don't hesitate to put a link in the suggestion box. Thanks to all.





Statement of the Bishop of Baton Rouge LA and Commentary by Father John Carville

Another Perspective

by Father John Carville

Are we reverting back to the old Latin Mass? If so, why?

God bless the Catholic Church. We can't stay out of the headlines. At least it isn't sex scandals this time, but what the Pope hopes will be a step toward reconciliation with a minority of Catholics who do not want to let go of the old Latin Mass that was celebrated before the Second Vatican Council. The updated liturgy by which we now worship, using our own language, was promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970 according to norms written by the bishops of Vatican II. Positive though the intention is of Pope Benedict's recent expanded permission to celebrate the Latin Mass of the Council of Trent in its last edition promulgated by Pope John XXIII in 1962, it has caused some confusion and left unanswered questions.

Pope Benedict's document, "Summorum Pontificum", actually just expands a permission given by Pope John Paul II in 1988 to bishops, allowing them to have the old liturgy in their dioceses under limited circumstances. Now a pastor can make that decision in his own parish if there is an ongoing community of people who request to worship in Latin according to the old rite. Any priest can now use the old Latin rite for private Masses (those not in the normal parish schedule) and laity can attend, if they choose. But the priest, of course, has to know Latin and be trained in that rite, and the church has to be suited to that liturgy, which is not the case in many of our present churches. Only a few, for instance, still have altar rails. These were removed in renovated churches and not included in new ones to honor a major emphasis of Vatican II, namely, the unity of priest and congregation as the "people of God" in worship.

This permission does not begin until September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. There will be problems in implementing it, although Pope Benedict does not think they will be great, according to a letter he wrote to his bishops on July 7. He acknowledges their reservations about this move, but says that their two main fears are permission will call into question one of the essential decisions of Vatican II, liturgical reform. The Pope assures the bishops that the vernacular Mass of the Council will remain the "normal form... of the Eucharistic Liturgy." The old Latin Mass of 1962 will be simply an "extraordinary form." The second fear, also unfounded, the Pope thinks, is that the wider use of the 1962 Missal will lead to "disarray or even divisions within parish communities." Pope Benedict says that this will not happen because, "The use of the old Missal presupposes a certain degree of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language; neither of these is found very often."

The Pope may be underestimating the strength of novelty in our modern culture. I see it every day among university students. Our priests, especially those pastoring two or three parishes, are probably cringing at the thought of having to brush up on their Latin, if they still remember any, to say extra Masses for a handful of people. And only a few churches in our diocese remain suited to the old Latin Mass. However, we are prepared to meet the substance of Pope Benedict's changes since long ago Bishop Ott and all of his successors have already given permission for the old Latin Mass to be celebrated at St. Agnes Church. The Pope mentions naming one parish a "personal parish" as a suitable response to his instructions. Those seeking a Latin parish.

There is a mystique in the ancient Latin, the Gregorian chant, the smells and the bells of the old rite. However, as with most things foreign, most of us rather quickly begin to yearn for that which feels more natural, more easily understood. Most of the Hispanic people, for whom I offer a Spanish Mass on Sundays at LSU, actually speak English. But they pray in Spanish.

A fundamental liturgical principle is involved here that was beautifully ex- of Vatican II, a bishop familiar with a rite far older than our Latin, Tridentine one dating from the 16th Century. This most convincing argument came from an Eastern rite patriarch, Maximus IV Saigh of Antioch. He said that from the perspective of the Eastern rite it was strange that the presider in the liturgy would use a language that differed from that of his congregation, who in turn had to pray in a language they did not understand. "A living Church has no use for a dead language." Since it is the instrument of the Holy Spirit, language should be living.

The vernacular Mass we now use has to remain the ordinary and normative rite for our liturgy. Strangely missing from the documents we have received so far from Rome on these liturgical changes is any reference to the two-fold focus of Vatican II's Constitution on the Liturgy. The active participation of the laity offering themselves to God with Christ in the of the document. The old Latin liturgy had long relegated the laity to the role of passive observers. The return to the vernacular was a way of reestablishing contact with the common people by enabling them to pray the Eucharist in an understandable way. Likewise it made it possible for them to take active roles as lectors and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, song leaders and musicians. The Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Montini, who would guide the council to its conclusion as Paul VI, noted that the basic center of approval for the document came from the fact that in it the liturgy was for the people and not the other way around.

The second goal of the Council was renewed emphasis on Sacred Scripture in the Liturgy of the Word. There was much praise from the Vatican II Fathers for the biblical character of the text and joy that it would contribute greatly to the promotion of active participation in the liturgy. In the Vatican II calendar of the Mass, virtually the entire Bible is presented over a three- year cycle. This has been so successful for the promotion of Scripture that most mainline Protestant churches have adopted the same cycle of readings. In comparison, the readings of the old Latin Missal are greatly restricted. Where feasts coincide in the two missals, the Pope's "motu proprio" seems to allow substitution, but if the old missal is used throughout the year, the scriptural renewal of the liturgy will be lost.

We must remember that it is Catholic faith that the teachings of Ecumenical Councils in union with the pope are guided by the Holy Spirit. They are the result of debate, but in this case the voice of the Spirit seems to have been heard rather clearly. The vote approving the Constitution on the Liturgy was 2,162 for and 46 against. Seven votes were invalid. The Holy Spirit had lined up his votes rather well. We forget so soon, and in the name of tradition.

Source http://www.diobr.org/tcc/2007/070718tccbts.pdf

Friday, July 20, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 20, 2007

News & Analysis

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville — Pope Benedict’s document on the use of the traditional Latin Mass

Pope Benedict Affirms the Connections Between New and Old Mass By Bishop Robert W. Finn Kansas City-St. Joseph

Sacred Heart University - Expert available for comment on “Latin mass”: implications for christian-jewish relations. CMR -Analysis on Sacred Heart Statement

Archbishop Burke Speaks to Confraternity; Clergy Voice Their Full Support


Statement from Boston Following the Recent Release Of the Motu Proprio

Excerpt:Cardinal O'Malley has recently stated that based on his participation at the meeting in Rome, it is his understanding that the elements of the Good Friday services which are understandably objectionable to our Jewish and ecumenical brothers and sisters are not permitted to be used in the celebration of the Tridentine Rite.

UPI - Latin mass change praised by Jewish leader

Cardinal Egan of the Archdiocese of New York - Room for All
California Catholic Daily - “It’s tradition” -Diocese of Monterey pledges Tridentine Mass in two locations by September
***Motu Proprio: Use of Roman Missal of 1962 by Bishop Robert C. Morlino (Madison WI)

Excerpt: I have never been against such celebrations in principle, but our concrete circumstance and lack of catechetical resources to support such celebrations have led me to the prudent judgment, I believe, that such celebrations should not generally be permitted.
Obedience opens door to freedom.
...
Pope Benedict clearly is wise; obedience according to the mind of Christ always opens the door to true freedom. I am joyful to act in obedience to the Motu Proprio of Pope Benedict, and I am grateful to have been freed from the limitation of my own judgement.
Jewish Daily Forward - The Pope Has Given Catholics a Choice
Reuters - Vatican: We may drop revived prayer offensive to Jews HT to Rorate Caeli


Resource
Summorum Pontificum Contact Database - In an effort to help Catholics who want to see the Traditional Latin Mass in their diocese connect with priests who want to provide the Traditional Latin Mass, LumenGentleman is now hosting a contacts database to help bring people together. The more data we can collect, the more successful this will be, so click here to add your information!

Note: I wish to express a very large thank you to everyone who has posted links in the suggestion box to news stories, interesting analysis, diocesan reactions, and church bulletins. These links are invaluable for understanding the reaction to Summorum Pontificum from bishops to parish priests to the laity. This blog is your resource, so if you see something interesting, please don't hesitate to put a link in the suggestion box. Thanks to all.




Monday, July 16, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 16, 2007

News & Commentary

**Pope Benedict uses older ritual for his private Mass
Liturgy and Ecumenism: How to Apply Vatican Council II by by Sandro Magister
NLM - The 1962's Missal's glorious lack of options
U.S. bishops aren't doing cartwheels over pope's order on Latin Mass
The view from North Jersey - Latin Mass excites Catholic traditionalists in North Jersey
Commonweal - The Vernacular: Setting the Record Straight
Fr. Zuhlsdorf's Analysis Steubenville, Bp. Conlon, and Summorum Pontificum
Article by Fr Guy Nicholls in the 15 July parish newsletter of the Birmingham Oratory (UK).
The Tablet - Beyond language - Mark Francis

Diocesan Reactions

Diocese of Gary, IN - BISHOP MELCZEK
Diocese of Bridgeport, CT - THE MOST REVEREND WILLIAM E. LORI, S.T.D.,
Diocese of Peoria, Ill - The Catholic Post

Resource
Summorum Pontificum Contact Database - In an effort to help Catholics who want to see the Traditional Latin Mass in their diocese connect with priests who want to provide the Traditional Latin Mass, LumenGentleman is now hosting a contacts database to help bring people together. The more data we can collect, the more successful this will be, so click here to add your information!


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 14, 2007

News & Commentary

Bishop D'Arcy (of Fort Wayne - South Bend) responds to pope's decree - Asks FSSP fopr help.
Zenit - French Prelate Welcomes "Summorum Pontificum"
Pope Extends Use of the "1962 Missal"-- What Does this Mean? By Helen Hull Hitchcock
Alcuin Reid in The Catholic Herald
WSJ - The Language of Tradition BY RAYMOND ARROYO
The Sky is Not Falling, the Church is awakening!by Deacon Keith A Fournier
CMR- Patrick Archbold - Trautman: Not In My Diocese

Diocesan Statements

Bishop John Wester of the Diocese of Salt Lake City
Statement of the Diocese of Orange, CA

Resource
Summorum Pontificum Contact Database - In an effort to help Catholics who want to see the Traditional Latin Mass in their diocese connect with priests who want to provide the Traditional Latin Mass, LumenGentleman is now hosting a contacts database to help bring people together. The more data we can collect, the more successful this will be, so click here to add your information!


Friday, July 13, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 13, 2007

News & Commentary

Alcuin Reid in The Catholic Herald
WSJ - The Language of Tradition BY RAYMOND ARROYO
The Sky is Not Falling, the Church is awakening!by Deacon Keith A Fournier
CMR- Patrick Archbold - Trautman: Not In My Diocese
A Triumph for Traditionalists by Patrick J. Buchanan
NY Daily News - Rev. Brian Jordan - Latin Mass is all Greek to most worshippers
Brian Mershon interview with Bishop Fellay on Summorum Pontificum
James Bemis - Gratitude for Summorum Pontificum

Diocesan Statements

Bishop John Wester of the Diocese of Salt Lake City
Statement of the Diocese of Orange, CA

Resource
Summorum Pontificum Contact Database - In an effort to help Catholics who want to see the Traditional Latin Mass in their diocese connect with priests who want to provide the Traditional Latin Mass, LumenGentleman is now hosting a contacts database to help bring people together. The more data we can collect, the more successful this will be, so click here to add your information!


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 12, 2007

News & Commentary

CMR- Patrick Archbold - Trautman: Not In My Diocese
Brian Mershon interview with Bishop Fellay on Summorum Pontificum
James Bemis - Gratitude for Summorum Pontificum
Zenit — German Cardinal Hails "Summorum Pontificum"
** David L Alexander — Clarification of the Diocese of Pittsburgh statement
Thomas Woods - Benedict XVI and the Great Liberation
Part Two of the Rorate Interview with Bishop Rifan
"I do not think that the Holy Father needs my advice"
Interview with Institute of Christ the King's Msgr. Schmitz on Summorum Pontificum

Fr. Zuhlsdorf's Analysis of MP Statement of Diocese of Orange
Note: If anyone can provide a link to a copy of this document please let me know. I cannot seem to locate it on the diocesan website.

Bradenton, FL - Local clergy supports revival of Latin Mass
Philadelphia Inquirer - Latin Mass Video


Diocesan Statements


Statement of Archbishop of Denver, CO - Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Statement from Bishop Trautman of Erie, PA on Summorum Pontificum

Resource
Summorum Pontificum Contact Database - In an effort to help Catholics who want to see the Traditional Latin Mass in their diocese connect with priests who want to provide the Traditional Latin Mass, LumenGentleman is now hosting a contacts database to help bring people together. The more data we can collect, the more successful this will be, so click here to add your information!


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Summorum Pontificum - July 11, 2007

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Commentary

Motu Proprio is meant for those faithful to Vatican II and will change nothing for most Catholics, says Cardinal Ricard

The American Spectator - Lex Orandi — By Lisa Fabrizio

National Catholic Register - Why the Old Mass? — BY Father Raymond J. de Souza

Australia's ABC National Radio Panel Discussion with:
Transcript and Audio

John Pawlikowski
President of the International Council of Christians and Jews
Dr Alcuin Reid
Liturgist and author
Peter Williams
Executive Secretary of the National Liturgical Commission, Australia

Thomas Woods: Pope Benedict boosts Latin Mass toward comeback. HT Rorate Caeli

Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB - Coming soon to a church near you HT to Fr. Arsenius
Excerpt: The Latin Mass, for instance, in which the priest celebrates the Eucharist with his back to the people, in a foreign language -- much of it said silently or at best whispered -- makes the congregation, the laity, observers of the rite rather than participants in it.
Diocesan Statements


Philadelphia Inquirer - Reviving a Latin past

Diocesan Statements


Statement of the Diocese of Pittsburgh PA
Excerpt: "It is important to note that the celebration of the Roman Missal of Pope Blessed John XXIII is not permitted at regularly scheduled weekday or Sunday."

Sunday, July 8, 2007

U.S. Diocesan Official Reactions

This is a list of the Official Responses of U.S. Dioceses to the motu proprio Summorum Pontficum.
Note: This list is a work in progress and may take some time. If you are aware of a statement not listed below, please add it to the comments. Help is greatly appreciated.

Province of Anchorage

The Ecclesiastical Province of Anchorage comprises the state of Alaska.

* Archdiocese of Anchorage
* Diocese of Fairbanks
* Diocese of Juneau

Province of Atlanta

The Ecclesiastical Province of Atlanta comprises the states of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

* Archdiocese of Atlanta
* Diocese of Charleston
* Diocese of Charlotte
* Diocese of Raleigh
* Diocese of Savannah

Province of Baltimore

The Ecclesiastical Province of Baltimore comprises all but five counties of the state of Maryland, and all of the states of Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.

* Archdiocese of Baltimore
* Diocese of Arlington
* Diocese of Richmond
* Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
* Diocese of Wilmington (comprising Delaware and portions of Maryland, it is one of only a few dioceses to include more than one state in the U.S.)

Province of Boston

The Ecclesiastical Province of Boston comprises the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

* Archdiocese of Boston
* Diocese of Burlington
* Diocese of Fall River
* Diocese of Manchester
* Diocese of Portland
* Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts
* Diocese of Worcester

Province of Chicago

The Ecclesiastical Province of Chicago comprises the state of Illinois.

* Archdiocese of Chicago
* Diocese of Belleville
* Diocese of Joliet
* Diocese of Peoria
* Diocese of Rockford
* Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

Province of Cincinnati

The Ecclesiastical Province of Cincinnati comprises the state of Ohio.

* Archdiocese of Cincinnati
* Diocese of Cleveland
* Diocese of Columbus
* Diocese of Steubenville
* Diocese of Toledo
* Diocese of Youngstown

Province of Denver

The Ecclesiastical Province of Denver comprises the states of Colorado and Wyoming.

* Archdiocese of Denver
* Diocese of Cheyenne
* Diocese of Colorado Springs
* Diocese of Pueblo

Province of Detroit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit comprises the state of Michigan.

* Archdiocese of Detroit
* Diocese of Gaylord
* Diocese of Grand Rapids
* Diocese of Kalamazoo
* Diocese of Lansing
* Diocese of Marquette
* Diocese of Saginaw

Province of Dubuque

The Ecclesiastical Province of Dubuque comprises the state of Iowa.

* Archdiocese of Dubuque
* Diocese of Davenport
* Diocese of Des Moines
* Diocese of Sioux City

Province of Galveston-Houston

The Ecclesiastical Province of Galveston-Houston comprises the eastern counties of the state of Texas.

* Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
* Diocese of Austin
* Diocese of Beaumont
* Diocese of Brownsville
* Diocese of Corpus Christi
* Diocese of Tyler
* Diocese of Victoria in Texas

Province of Hartford

The Ecclesiastical Province of Hartford comprises the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

* Archdiocese of Hartford
* Diocese of Bridgeport
* Diocese of Norwich
* Diocese of Providence

Province of Indianapolis

The Ecclesiastical Province of Indianapolis comprises the state of Indiana.

* Archdiocese of Indianapolis
* Diocese of Evansville
* Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
* Diocese of Gary
* Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana

Province of Kansas City

The Ecclesiastical Province of Kansas City comprises the state of Kansas.

* Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
* Diocese of Dodge City
* Diocese of Salina
* Diocese of Wichita

Province of Los Angeles

The Eccclesiastical Province of Los Angeles comprises the southern and central counties of the state of California.

* Archdiocese of Los Angeles
* Diocese of Fresno
* Diocese of Monterey
* Diocese of Orange
* Diocese of San Bernardino
* Diocese of San Diego

Province of Louisville

The Ecclesiastical Province of Louisville comprises the states of Kentucky and Tennessee.

* Archdiocese of Louisville
* Diocese of Covington
* Diocese of Knoxville
* Diocese of Lexington
* Diocese of Memphis
* Diocese of Nashville
* Diocese of Owensboro

Province of Miami

The Ecclesiastical Province of Miami comprises the state of Florida.

* Archdiocese of Miami
* Diocese of Orlando
* Diocese of Palm Beach
* Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
* Diocese of St. Augustine
* Diocese of St. Petersburg
* Diocese of Venice

Province of Milwaukee

The Ecclesiastical Province of Milwaukee comprises the state of Wisconsin.

* Archdiocese of Milwaukee
* Diocese of Green Bay
* Diocese of La Crosse
* Diocese of Madison
* Diocese of Superior

Province of Mobile

The Ecclesiastical Province of Mobile comprises the states of Alabama and Mississippi.

* Archdiocese of Mobile
* Diocese of Biloxi
* Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama
* Diocese of Jackson

Province of New Orleans

The Ecclesiastical Province of New Orleans comprises the state of Louisiana.

* Archdiocese of New Orleans
* Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana
* Diocese of Baton Rouge
* Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
* Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana
* Diocese of Lake Charles
* Diocese of Shreveport

Province of New York

The Ecclesiastical Province of New York comprises the state of New York.

* Archdiocese of New York
* Diocese of Albany
* Diocese of Brooklyn
* Diocese of Buffalo
* Diocese of Ogdensburg
* Diocese of Rochester
* Diocese of Rockville Centre
* Diocese of Syracuse

Province of Newark

The Ecclesiastical Province of Newark comprises the state of New Jersey.

* Archdiocese of Newark
* Diocese of Camden
* Diocese of Metuchen
* Diocese of Paterson
* Diocese of Trenton

Province of Oklahoma City

The Ecclesiastical Province of Oklahoma City comprises the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

* Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
* Diocese of Little Rock
* Diocese of Tulsa

Province of Omaha

The Ecclesiastical Province of Omaha comprises the state of Nebraska.

* Archdiocese of Omaha
* Diocese of Grand Island
* Diocese of Lincoln

Province of Philadelphia

The Ecclesiastical Province of Philadelphia comprises the state of Pennsylvania.

* Archdiocese of Philadelphia
* Diocese of Allentown
* Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
* Diocese of Erie
* Diocese of Greensburg
* Diocese of Harrisburg
* Diocese of Pittsburgh
* Diocese of Scranton

Province of Portland

The Ecclesiastical Province of Portland comprises the states of Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

* Archdiocese of Portland
* Diocese of Baker
* Diocese of Boise
* Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
* Diocese of Helena

Province of Saint Louis

The Ecclesiastical Province of Saint Louis comprises the state of Missouri.

* Archdiocese of Saint Louis
* Diocese of Jefferson City
* Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph
* Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Province of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

The Ecclesiastical Province of Saint Paul and Minneapolis comprises the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

* Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
* Diocese of Bismarck
* Diocese of Crookston
* Diocese of Duluth
* Diocese of Fargo
* Diocese of New Ulm
* Diocese of Rapid City
* Diocese of Saint Cloud
* Diocese of Sioux Falls
* Diocese of Winona

Province of San Antonio

The Ecclesiastical Province of San Antonio comprises the western counties of the state of Texas.

* Archdiocese of San Antonio
* Diocese of Amarillo
* Diocese of Dallas
* Diocese of El Paso
* Diocese of Fort Worth
* Diocese of Laredo
* Diocese of Lubbock
* Diocese of San Angelo

Province of San Francisco

The Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco comprises the northern counties of the state of California and all of the states of Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

* Archdiocese of San Francisco
* Diocese of Honolulu
* Diocese of Las Vegas
* Diocese of Oakland
* Diocese of Reno
* Diocese of Sacramento
* Diocese of Salt Lake City
* Diocese of San Jose in California
* Diocese of Santa Rosa in California
* Diocese of Stockton

Province of Santa Fe

The Ecclesiastical Province of Santa Fe comprises the states of Arizona and New Mexico.

* Archdiocese of Santa Fe
* Diocese of Gallup (comprising portions of New Mexico and Arizona, it is one of only a few dioceses to include more than one state in the U.S.)
* Diocese of Las Cruces
* Diocese of Phoenix
* Diocese of Tucson

Province of Seattle

The Ecclesiastical Province of Seattle comprises the state of Washington.

* Archdiocese of Seattle
* Diocese of Spokane
* Diocese of Yakima

Province of Washington

The Ecclesiastical Province of Washington comprises the District of Columbia, five neighboring counties in Maryland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

* Archdiocese of Washington
* Diocese of Saint Thomas

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Peoria

From the Catholic Post

Tridentine Mass ruling: diocese expects little change

Very little is expected to change in parishes throughout the Diocese of Peoria as a result of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to allow the Tridentine rite of the Mass to be offered on a regular basis to those who desire it.

"For any Catholic who is afraid that suddenly their average Sunday Mass is going to change, it’s not," said Father Stanley Deptula, director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship. "This is not going to affect our average priest or our average parishioner."

He explained that the pope’s apostolic letter, "Summorum Pontificum," simply provides a greater opportunity to seek out this form of liturgical spirituality for those who do hunger for it.

"Where there has been interest in the ‘extraordinary form’ of the Roman Rite, the mandate to celebrate Mass according to the 1962 missal had been generously granted and will continue to be encouraged," Father Deptula said in a statement released to the clergy of the diocese this week.

He urged them to avoid a "sensational interpretation" of this issue, since major changes are not foreseen in the parishes of central Illinois. Further comment and instructions from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky are expected in the coming weeks.

In the Diocese of Peoria, Masses celebrated with the 1962 missal are already being offered on Sunday at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Fairbury, and on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Woods Church in Princeville.

"If there are Catholics who want to know more about this Mass, I would encourage them to seek out those two parishes that regularly offer it," Father Deptula said.