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Latin Mass suppressed because theology changed: Cardinal Roche

March 20, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Arthur Roche, the prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship, told a BBC audience that the Vatican moved to restrict access to the traditional Latin Mass because “the theology of the Church has changed.”

Cardinal Roche said that whereas the traditional Mass emphasized the role of the priest as making the Eucharistic sacrifice, today the Church teaches that all the baptized participate in the offering.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 21, 2023 11:12 PM ET USA

    Interesting quote from Cardinal Roche. Recall that many years ago Cardinal Sarah took issue with my observation in this forum that the two expressions of the Latin rite had the appearance of different theologies. Now his successor has made this perception explicit, but with an unfounded claim. Anyone who has spent a moment studying the history and development of the Mass knows with certainty that the properly-catechized have always participated in the offering. I did in the 1960s with my missal.