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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco celebrates the ‘Mass of the Americas’ using the extraordinary form of the Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16, 2019. (photo: EWTN/YouTube Screen Capture)

By Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, National Catholic Register, July 8, 2024

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is the archbishop of San Francisco and the founder and chairman of the board of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship.

COMMENTARY: As this petition, and the 1971 petition demonstrates, the Latin Mass has a curiously inclusive appeal.

Archbishop Salvatore CordileoneWhen the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris erupted in flames on April 15, 2019, the whole world came together to mourn the loss of great, ancient, sacred beauty that moved hearts and souls even beyond the Catholics who worship there and Catholics all around the world.

I was impressed by that phenomenon then, and I am somewhat impressed by a similar phenomenon happening now in reaction to rumors that Rome plans to place further restrictions on the celebration of the Catholic Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal (popularly referred to as the “Latin Mass” or the “traditional Latin Mass”).

On July 3, more than 40 prominent British individuals signed a letter to Pope Francis, asking him to preserve access to the Latin Mass. These signers include Catholics and non-Catholics, believers and nonbelievers alike. …

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