Thursday, October 20, 2005

Liberation of the Roman Rite Mass?

Maybe. NCR's John Allen reports:

A rather deafening silence at the Synod of Bishops about the pre-Vatican II Mass was broken on Saturday, when Colombian Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos proposed that the bishops' final message contain an opening to Catholics attached to the old Mass, perhaps treating it as one among several approved rites in the Catholic church.

Sources told NCR that Castrillón Hoyos did not specifically mention the idea of a "universal indult," meaning permission for priests to celebrate the old Mass whenever they like, but that his remarks "could be read in that way."

The rest of the article can be found here. Indications in the rest of the article aren't as promising as the lead paragraphs. Take a look at the committee charged with drafting the "Message". After Cardinal Pell, everyone is either indifferent to the ancient rite or positively opposed to it.

We shall see.