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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Feb 17, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at

Even by its own logic, Traditionis Custodes is an unnecessary use of papal power—and another illustration that despite all his talk about decentralization and synodality, Pope Francis has frequently overstepped the bounds of his own proper authority.

Restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass were necessary, the Pontiff argued, because the traditionalist movement had become a source of division within the Church. He said that when the Vatican surveyed bishops about the use of the traditional liturgy, the responses confirmed the divisions. …