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Pope assures traditionalist group: Latin Mass to continue

February 21, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has assured a traditionalist group that its members will be allowed to continue celebrating the Latin Mass.

Leaders of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) met with the Pontiff on February 4. The FFSP reports that a week later the Pope sent them a decree “confirming for the members of the Fraternity the right to use the liturgical books in force in 1962.”

The Pope’s motu proprio Traditiones Custodes and the subsequent clarification from the Congregation for Divine Worship, restricting the use of the traditional liturgy, did not directly impact the FSSP and other groups devoted specifically to the ancient liturgy. However, widespread rumors had suggested that these groups would be restricted by a forthcoming Vatican directive, to be released within weeks.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 21, 2022 5:22 PM ET USA

    It seems as if the Pope has heard the cries of the poor in spirit. We had received this assurance at Mass a couple of weeks ago, and it's good to read that it's true. Chalk up a win for Pope Francis.