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Archbishop Roche: ‘Let us go back to what the Council required of the Church’

November 19, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: Responding in English to an Italian interviewer, Archbishop Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said that Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI’s documents on a wider use of the traditional Latin Mass “were established in order to encourage the Lefebvrists above all to return to full unity with the Church.

“It’s clear that Traditionis Custodes is saying, OK, this experiment has not entirely been successful,” he continued. “And so let us go back to what the [Second Vatican] Council required of the Church.”

The archbishop’s interpretation of Summorum Pontificum conflicts directly with the published thoughts of that document’s author. In his Last Testament, Pope-emeritus Benedict says:

The reauthorization of the Tridentine Mass is often interpreted primarily as a concession to the Society of Saint Pius X. This is just absolutely false! It was important for me that the Church is one with herself inwardly, with her own past; that what was previously holy to her is not somehow wrong now.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 21, 2021 10:10 AM ET USA

    Hear, hear, Estel! Where is that well-publicized feint at mercy this papacy is so renowned for, that charity for and accompaniment of the excluded, the marginalized, the unclean? The excerpt above from Benedict's Last Testament is so spot on as to demonstrate that the Catholic Church was established by Christ before His resurrection to be a universal Church, welcoming to all, not restricted to the vaccinated, the politically correct, and the innovators behind the spurious "spirit of Vatican II".

  • Posted by: Estel - Nov. 20, 2021 12:45 PM ET USA

    And there is another elephant in the room, which I doubt the Archbishop sees, but has been pointed out by those who believe that we need a reform of the reform. The Novus Ordo doesn't exactly follow what the Council intended in the reform of the liturgy. So sure, let's go back to what V2 intended for the Church, but let's do it right. And in the meantime, how about some charity and accompaniment with those who love the Church, the Vetus Ordo and accept the teachings of V2? Or are we too rigid?