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March 6, 2007

The moto proprio will be released as part of a Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, and may include language excluding liturgical dancing, according to the CNA article. A press conference is scheduled for the release on March 13th.
Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist one week away, Vatican announces

March 12, 2007

Here is a report that Sacramentum Caritatis may pave the way for the motu proprio, and talks about some of the unexpected surprises that haven't had a lot of press yet.
Vatican Sources: Latin Mass to be Freed by Easter

March 13, 2007

The newly released Sacramentum Caritatis includes gems such as, (The sign of peace) can be exaggerated and cause a certain distraction in the assembly just before the reception of Communion and talks about the problems of wedding Masses and Masses for the dead where ...in addition to practising Catholics there may be others present who have long since ceased to attend Mass or are living in a situation which does not permit them to receive the sacraments. Lastly, the word could is used where should might sound even better: ...with the exception of the readings, the homily and the prayer of the faithful, such liturgies could be celebrated in Latin. And there is so much more...
Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis

July 7, 2007

Now that the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum has been released, press coverage is starting to interpret the documents. This article from the NYT is cautious and brief, but not outright negative, including the quote What earlier generations held as sacred remains sacred and great for us, too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.
Pope Eases Curbs on Celebrating the Latin Mass

July 9, 2007

A truly confusing Slate article with a datline of the 9th where the author talks about the impending motu proprio, yet after it had been released (on the 7th). The confusing dates aside, he touches nicely on the beauty of the Latin Mass but misses the point when he asked how many people will want to return and how many priests are now capable of doing anything in latin. The story should have been about the MILLIONS who want the Latin Mass but have been unable to attend. But at least they didn't let Christopher Hitchens write this one (if you'll excuse the sarcasm).

July 10, 2007

Pat Buchanan wrote an excellent piece over at WorldNetDaily touching on some Latin Mass history and also some of the modern controversies surrounding the recent Motu Proprio.
A triumph for traditionalists

July 10, 2007

dst all the bad press about the Summorum Pontificum, there are a few oped's that are finding their way into the presses. In this opinion piece Paul Kokoski touches on what most traditionalists feel, in stark contrast to the spin being pushed in the NYT and other large newspapers.
Return of the Latin Mass

July 12, 2007

A thoughtful and well-researched article from Jewish Week about the recent motu proprio Summorum Pontificum that references both Abraham Foxman's comments and Pat Buchanan's response. If this article represents the Jewish response more accurately than Mr. Foxman's, then I dare say that liberal Catholic reaction has been comparatively childish.
'Mass' Confusion Over Papal Edict

July 15, 2007

A short article in The Courier News about the Traditional Latin Mass in the Chicago diocese with a neutral to positive spin on the TLM and the Summorum Pontificum. They even go so far as to get a quote from someone affiliated with the ICRSP shrine.
Latin Mass popular, even before pope's ruling

July 16, 2007

Citing unnamed sources CWM reports that the Pope regularly practices the Traditional Latin Mass in private and had renovations made which (allow) for the Pope to celebrate Mass in the ad orientem posture. It is shocking that this information was made public, and a huge pat on the back for orthodox Catholics.
Pope Benedict uses older ritual for his private Mass

July 23, 2007

A great article from Lorraine Murray of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the return of the traditional liturgy. Being a Latin Mass attendee, she understands the real issue: ...the pope is not doing anything radical. He is merely giving Roman Catholics greater access to something that is their birthright.. Now if we could only get trads writing for all the major newspapers of the world.
The Latin Mass not cause for contention

July 29, 2007

An article in The Scotsman about the lack of vestments and training, but tries to get in to the news on a deeper level. When talking about why people have returned to the Latin Mass Philip writes, ...many people missed the Latin rite's sense of mystery and awe and the centuries-old Gregorian chant that went with it.
Return of Latin mass sparks old vestment hunt

August 27, 2007

The upcoming Latin Mass on EWTN is proof that Summorum Pontificum has changed the landscape of the Latin Mass in the United States. With the recent apointment of Bishop Robert J. Baker to the Alabama diocese there may be more Latin Masses in store for EWTN watchers.
EWTN to Televise Tridentine Mass Celebrated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

August 28, 2007

John Allen has written a detailed article about the traditional Catholic movement which he calls evangelical Catholicsm. Originally published in the National Catholic Reporter, Mr. Allen attempts to plot the course of the Church before ultimately concluding that the evangelical push, as he calls it, will continue. It may have been a simple misunderstanding of the common nomenclature, but he is most wrong when he asserts, The evangelical impulse isn't exactly 'conservative' because there's little cultural Catholicism these days left to conserve. I think anyone who has been to coffee after a Sunday Latin Mass knows that Catholic culture is flowing freely in traditional communities.
Reform rollback or emerging 'sane modernity' -- Evangelical Catholicism triumphant, Vatican watcher states

September 2, 2007

In one of the most one-sided articles I've read on Summorum Pontificum, Pamela Podger of the Roanoke Times does a great job of interviewing a slew of priests and novus ordo faithful who are against the incease in Latin Masses. Pulling directly from the liberal playbook, she cites the lack of priests and fabricates the lack of parishioner interest. Fortunately she made her whole article a link to her e-mail address which will hopefully draw a large and tempered response.
Area priests see little demand for Latin Mass

September 6, 2007

In a shocking bit of good news, the first new American Catholic university since the release of Summorum Pontificum has announced plans for a Latin Mass. Notre Dame has scheduled the special Mass on Sundays at 8:00 AM, although not in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Notre Dame To Offer Latin Mass in the Fall

September 8, 2007

Another member of the secular press, Bruce Deitrick Price of the American Chronical, has come out in favor of the Latin Mass even though he is not Catholic. Bruce argues that the educational value of Latin could further improve the education at private schools and he points out some of the benefits of children learning a second language. To put it in his own words, I believe the Pope's decision is a great opportunity, both for spiritual enlightenment and educational advances.
A Letter to the Pope: How To Do Latin Right

September 12, 2007

Many new parishes are announcing Latin Masses around the September 14th launch date specified in Summorum Pontificum. This article in the Nashua Telegraph does a good job of covering the story and not the spin. The strangest part is in the end when they get in to a discussion about what makes for a liberal or conservative Catholic.
City church to offer Latin Mass verbatim

September 18, 2007

More positive stories are making their way out through Catholic news distributors. In a recent CNS article John Thavis quotes Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos on many aspects of Summorum Pontificum. Most importantly Hoyos describes the ability to have a Latin Mass in any parish as clearly a right of the faithful.
Vatican cardinal urges respect for people's right to Tridentine Mass

September 25, 2007

A good article with great quotes: They were saying, "let's turn out the lights and meditate," and I was saying, "when are we going to get to church teachings?" and It's not all about language, I like the contemplative periods of silence. It gives you time to reflect on things. They also cover some of the interesting statistics from Ecclesia Dei.
City church to offer Latin Mass verbatim

September 28, 2007

More news of new Latin Masses in churches that haven't seen Latin or incense since Vatican 2. This article accurately picks up the number of post-Vatican 2 children who also have an afinity for the Old Mass. They quoted one of the young attendees, Grace Allen, as saying, That's how it used to be, I like the tradition.
First local Latin Mass in decades harks back to 'how it used to be'