Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

English columnist sees Pope planning 'blend' of old and new liturgies

Catholic World News - May 20, 2011

William Oddie, the former editor of the Catholic Herald, argues that Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging the use of the traditional Latin Mass as part of a long-term plan to produce a new form for the Latin liturgy, blending the extraordinary form with the Novus Ordo.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,821 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,178.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Salome - May. 21, 2011 10:02 PM ET USA

    'Extraordinary' means 'outside the ordinary'--in Latin or English, it means therefore the one you shouldn't usually expect. I can see that infusion of the extraordinary form into the ordinary would constitute an enrichment, but any intrusion of the ordinary into the extraordinary would be an impoverishment, and there is a risk that down the track we could be left with a compromise rite that's neither the one nor the other.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - May. 21, 2011 8:15 PM ET USA

    I certainly don't question the validity of the Novus Ordo but I do question what it could possibly offer to the traditional Latin Mass. If the Holy Father really goes for this hybrid Rite I hope he lets those of us that simply want to stick with the old Latin Mass to do so. Please, no more innovations. I'll stick to my FSSP parish thank you very much.

  • Posted by: marttywinston6762 - May. 20, 2011 6:13 PM ET USA

    William Oddie thinks the term "extraordinary form" has a negative connotation. I agree. Could it be a translation problem? Or is the nuance also in the Latin? I don't know.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17