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Latin Mass in every parish? June 16, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI hopes to see the extraordinary form of the Latin liturgy used in every parish, a senior Vatican official told an audience in England.

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, the president of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, told a June 14 press conference in London that the traditional Latin Mass should be reintroduced throughout the Catholic world. Asked whether the old liturgy would eventually be used in many parishes, the Colombian prelate replied: "Not many parishes; all parishes."

Cardinal Castrillon said that English seminaries should train priests to celebrate the pre-conciliar liturgy. In many parishes, he pointed out, there will be few Catholics who remember the old liturgy. Priests should re-introduce them to the extraordinary form, he said.