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Pope will celebrate Mass in Latin during Britain trip September 7, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, scandals, Society.

Well, many may have seen this elsewhere, but I may as well glom on (via culturewarnotes).  It seems Pope Benedict WILL indeed be celebrating Mass in Latin during the Papal Masses at Glasgow and Birmingham.   This is really a direct rebuke of all the organizers from the English and Scottish episcopal conferences had intended to highlight at these Papal Masses, which were looking more and more like an effort to showcase 40 years of liturgical abuse.   From Damian Thompson, one of the best reporters on Church topics:

Monsignor Guido Marini, Papal Master of Ceremonies, confirms in an interview with Scotland’s Herald newspaper today that during his visit to Britain Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the Prefaces and Canons of all his Masses in Latin, “to emphasise the universality of the faith and the continuity of the Church”.

The Canon (Eucharistic Prayer) is the heart of the Mass, during which the priest consecrates and elevates the Host. There can be little doubt that Marini has put his foot down. Having already stopped liturgical philistines from subjecting the Pope to various musical horrors, he is now sending a clear – and, one suspects, deeply unwelcome – message to English, Welsh and Scottish bishops who actively discourage the celebration of Mass in Latin.

There’s particular fury among the diehard modernisers of Scotland, I gather, who have waged a sneaky battle to banish traditional worship from the Bellahouston Mass. They are now reduced to quibbling about the number of candles on the Glasgow altar, protesting at the Pope’s wish for six or seven on the grounds that… actually, I don’t know. Too Popish, perhaps?

Wow.  No more than two candles – why?  Anyway, there is so much scuttlebutt going on about the Pope’s trip to England that one of two things is going to happen – it’s either going to be an amazing triumph of the Holy Spirit over a certain amount of ill-will among the local episcopal conferences AND a great hostility among most of the culture, or it’s going to be a disaster of a trip based on those same two factors.  We just learned today of more of the music selected for the Pope – more synth-pop boy band blech.  The Pope has a great deal to fight through on this trip.  Perhaps you would say some extra prayers for him, that his visit may be instrumental in beginning the turnaround of one of the most pagan and hedonist cultures (British) in the world today?  If anyone can do it, Pope Benedict, under the aegis of the Holy Spirit, can.


1. Chris Baker - September 8, 2010

Very interesting news. I wonder what the music will be if they get rid of the previous stuff?

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