still waiting...

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Apr 13, 2006

Night has fallen in Rome, with no announcement of a papal directive regarding the Latin Mass. That fact is causing some consternation among those who were sure the Pope would release his statement on Holy Thursday.

CWN was never sold on that prediction. When you're trying to read tea-leaves, you can't expect a high degree of accuracy. As I said in an earlier note:

When will this document appear: on Holy Thursday? Easter Sunday? the anniversary of the Pope's election (April 19)? I don't know. Anyone who does know isn't telling.

It didn't happen today; that doesn't mean it won't happen.

We're still waiting.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2006 10:35 AM ET USA

    Maybe this is wishful thinking, but, on May 12, I STILL believe it WILL happen. Let us pray. Oops. I mean, 'Oremus'.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 18, 2006 3:48 PM ET USA

    It will probably be very interesting to see how long it will take the Joliet diocese to even admit that a Latin Mass is in our heritage let alone implement the directive from Rome. Getting the women off the altar will be a monumental achievement. Good Luck...

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2006 7:56 AM ET USA

    Not sure if this has anything to do with zonner's post, but we priests in Boston have been summoned to a meeting with Cardinal O'Malley on Wednesday, April 19. The notice was mailed to us during Holy Week, so it seems as if it will deal with something urgent. Wouldn't THAT be interesting!

  • Posted by: rocky - Apr. 15, 2006 11:13 PM ET USA

    John Allen in NCR this week says his sources reveal that this will probably not happen. He argues that the overwhelming majority of the cardinals are against this. Is this the battle of sources? Does anyone really have a good source on this? The watch continues. I have never seen so much hype and speculation if nothing is to happen.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2006 7:38 AM ET USA

    Ditto what Leo said. First off I think that the announcement would overshadow anything else the Holy Father says during Holy Week. Then there will be the other problem which is that the Church will have to deal with the dearth of priests and the majority of bishops during Holy Week who became incapacitated after going into apoplectic seizures upon hearing the news of the universal indult. The Holy Father clearly has our best interests in mind. A Blessed Easter to all!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Apr. 14, 2006 1:44 AM ET USA

    how 'bout on Divine Mercy Sunday?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 13, 2006 11:39 PM ET USA

    In the meantime, if you're starved for Latin, listen to my podcast! :) A Blessed Easter to you all !

  • Posted by: Clorox - Apr. 13, 2006 11:28 PM ET USA

    Although I do not oppose the old Mass, I would rather hear the Holy Father say "No" to Bishop Trautman and his efforts to deform the new Mass with bad translations.

  • Posted by: Pablo71 - Apr. 13, 2006 8:37 PM ET USA

    I agree that it would be better not to release it during Holy Week. But, that doesn't change the fact that the speculation has been rife, and so many good and faithful people have been distracted from their preparations for the solemnities by the anticipation of this announcement. It would have been better done immediately after the 7 April meeting.

  • Posted by: zonner - Apr. 13, 2006 6:26 PM ET USA

    I have it on good authority that bishops who have not allowed the tridentine mass were commanded By Bednedict through Cardinalk Hoyos to allow it.They were told that had to be done by the feast of Pope St.Pius V.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 13, 2006 5:32 PM ET USA

    It's pretty amusing to realise, after the fact, how obvious it is that nothing would happen during the Triduum itself--as much as I was hoping for something today; ha.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 13, 2006 4:21 PM ET USA

    If I were the Holy Father, I would not make this announcement during Holy Week because it could distract the faithful from the solemn rites. I would wait until after Easter. That's my guess, for whatever it's worth.