Father John Berg celebrates the traditional Latin Mass in 2018 at St. Mary's Church on Broadway in Providence, R.I. (photo: Stephen Beale photo / File Photo from 2018)
COMMENTARY: US bishops will likely discover considerable evidence that proliferation of Traditional Latin Masses has been largely a unifying force in the Church — worshipers have been brought into the parishes where their youthful zeal is having a noticeable impact.
By Janet E. Smith, EWTN News, July 21, 2021
Janet E. Smith Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., is a retired professor of moral theology.
In Traditionis Custodes(Guardians of the Tradition), the motu proprio that sets out provisions for curtailing the availability of the Mass based on the 1962 Missal promulgated by Pope St. John XXIII (here referred to as the Traditional Latin Mass), Pope Francis states that his decisions are based on consultations with bishops worldwide (the results of which have never been made public).
Thanks be to God, most of the U.S. bishops who have issued a statement about the motu proprio has granted permission for the status quo to continue as they study the issue. I hope their study primarily involves hearing from the priests who host a Traditional Latin Mass at their parishes. What the bishops learn, I believe, will convince them that the Traditional Latin Mass is making an enormous contribution to the faith of their flock and the strength of the parish and, thus, should continue. …