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The Pontifical North American College is a major seminary in Rome that educates seminarians from U.S. diocese and elsewhere./ Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Alejandro Bermudez, born in Lima, Peru is the Executive Director of the Catholic News Agency and the ACI Group, which includes ACI Prensa, ACI Digital, ACI Stampa, CNA Deutsche, and ACI Africa. He is also the host of the show “Cara a Cara” on EWTN in Spanish.

Alejandro BermudezIn a memo sent to “the Community ” at the North American College (NAC), Rector Fr. Peter Harman announced that all Masses in the Extraordinary form will be permanently suspended at the most important American Catholic institution in Rome.

Also, according to the memo to which CNA had access, the celebration of the Extraordinary Form will no longer be taught to seminarians.

In a memorandum signed and published Aug. 31, Fr. Harman explained that “when Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum in 2007, the Pontifical North American College in accordance with his motu proprio began official training in the ‘Extraordinary Form’ and provided for Masses according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 to be included in the regular rotation of special Masses on Saturday. In addition, the College provided liturgical supplies that were needed for priests to celebrate according to the ‘Extraordinary Form'” …