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Retired Irish bishop: Latin Mass ‘lifeless and somewhat meaningless’

Catholic World News - September 14, 2011

Bishop Edward Daly, the retired Irish bishop who is calling for a change in the discipline of clerical celibacy, “was ‘deeply disappointed’ by an experience of celebration of the Mass in Latin some years ago, which he found ‘lifeless and somewhat meaningless,’” according to an Irish Times report on his newly published memoirs. Bishop Daly added that he is “very happy with the liturgy and language of the Mass as we now have it.”

Ordained to the priesthood in 1957, Bishop Daly led the Diocese of Derry from 1974 until 1993, when he resigned at the age of 59 following a stroke.

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  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Sep. 15, 2011 4:55 PM ET USA

    As Latin is the official language of the Roman Rite and as the Traditional Latin Mass from the time of Pope St. Gregory the Great (590-604) was the "ordinary" form celebrated around the world for hundreds of years until after Vatican Council II (1962-1965), that it was the Mass of countless saints and of holy men and women is all the more astonishing to hear retired Bishop Daly's remarks that he found it "lifeless and somewhat meaningless."

  • Posted by: molly - Sep. 14, 2011 7:57 PM ET USA

    Sweetest Mother of God, could any of us older Irish Americans ever have imagined what would happen in Ireland. "Tis the most distressful country that ever you have seen. . . ." And this has happened in a free state with freedom of religion- what Ireland lived, died and prayed for during the centuries of oppression. Another example - and it breaks my heart to say so - of the fact that sin oppresses - not only the sinner but the one sinned against.

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Sep. 14, 2011 10:38 AM ET USA

    As I used to tell my kinds, "If you're bored at Mass, the problem is NOT in the Mass . . . ."

  • Posted by: koinonia - Sep. 14, 2011 8:06 AM ET USA

    And there you have it. Our priest on Sunday advised that we are present at the "greatest miracle" of all time each time we attend the holy sacrifice of the Mass. It is our tremendous privilege to be present essentially at Calvary as Our Lord's sacrifice is offered anew by the priest and faithful united with him to God our Father in an unbloody manner. Remarkable comments from a prince of the Church; perhaps it is the untoward effects of the stroke that have resulted in these aberrant remarks.

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