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By John Burger,  Our Sunday Visitor, September 8, 2023

John Burger is a veteran Catholic journalist and the author of “At the Foot of the Cross: Lessons from Ukraine” (OSV, $21.95).


Oscar I. Delgado was first exposed to the “traditional Latin Mass” when he and his wife were at the University of Chicago.

“I just got hooked,” said Delgado, a former NBC bureau chief and now a film producer. “It was really beautiful. It’s just quiet; it lends itself to a very deep reverence. There was a seriousness that I found and an authenticity that attracted me.”

Now living in Minnesota, Delgado still attends a traditional Latin Mass, also known as the Tridentine Mass. It’s about a 20-minute drive on Sundays.

Compared to other American devotees of this form of the liturgy, he’s fortunate. In some parts of the country, attendees have lost the parish where they had been going, thanks to two-year-old Vatican regulations governing the traditional Mass. Some people now have to drive significantly farther. …

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