Fr. Gerald E. Murray: The Cruel and Incoherent Further Restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass

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*Image: The Disputation over the Most Holy Sacrament by Raphael, c. 1509-10 [Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican]. The dispute depicted is not over Latin but Transubstantiation. Among the many debaters near the altar are the saints Gregory the Great, Ambrose, Augustine, and Jerome, with the popes Julius II and Sixtus IV plus the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola . . . and Dante Alighieri.

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 20, 2021

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City.


The document Responsa ad dubia (“Responses to doubts”) of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW) on certain provisions of Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes (TC) just published Saturday, is, plain and simple, a brutal exercise of raw ecclesiastical power in pursuit of the elimination of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) and the other sacramental rites that, with it, constitute a liturgical unity. It expands the clampdown on the TLM initiated by Pope Francis in TC. (Available by clicking here.)

The faithful who find spiritual nourishment in these liturgical rites are shown no pastoral charity or generosity of spirit in this new order of things. They are unjustly accused of fomenting disunity in the Church by virtue of their attachment to the older rites.  …

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