Pope Francis on the Use of the Extraordinary Form

The former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy has told a traditionalist group that Pope Francis has no intention of restricting access to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin liturgy.

“I met Pope Francis very recently and he told me that he has no problem with the old rite, and neither does he have any problem with lay groups and associations like yours that promote it,” Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos told members of Una Voce International (FIUV), who were in Rome for a general assembly.

Responding to questions from FIUV members about tensions within the Friars of the Immaculate, the Colombian cardinal said that the Pope moved to insist on the use of the Novus Ordo in that religious community only because of internal dissension, and not because of any negative judgment on the traditional liturgy.

At its general assembly, FIUV elected a new president: James Bogle, a lawyer, author, and chairman of the Catholic Union of Great Britain. “We are very grateful to His Eminence Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, His Eminence Cardinal Brandmüller, and to Archbishop Pozzo for taking part in our General Assembly of the International Federation Una Voce,” Bogle said in a brief statement to CWN. “We are very pleased with the way the celebration of the traditional Mass is now going worldwide. We are obviously very grateful to Benedict XVI and also our present Pope Francis for all the support that they have given us in our right to worship in the traditional Roman rite.”

13 thoughts on “Pope Francis on the Use of the Extraordinary Form

  1. This is very good news, Father. Thanks for sharing this with us. Boths forms of the Mass need to be embraced and celebrated. Catholics should be grateful to have both of these pathways by which to make their way worthily to the reception of The Eucharist.

  2. This is very good news. It looks like Pope Francis may have a great impact on us all if he continues to allow what is true and holy for over a thousand years to continue, whether it be holiness, charity, love, wisdom, or the traditional Mass, we as Catholics must hold to both the word of God through his word the Bible or through the traditions of his Church on Earth. God Bless our Pope.

    Have any of the Friars of the Immaculate gotten approval for restoring the Latin Mass? Many faithful Catholics served by them are missing it greatly.

  3. Cautiously optimistic. Let us hope that the pope’s restriction of these friars turns out to be a temporary disciplinary action and not a permanent solution. Pope St Pius V in Quo primum and Pope Benedict XVI in Summorum pontificum gave all priests the right to celebrate the Tridentine Mass. In consideration of the continuity of the Chair of St Peter, I would like to think that their successors would honor their express wish. God bless!

  4. Ave Maria, I am pleased that the Pope clarified his decision about the EF and the Friars. As far as Una Voce goes, on their website they have links to Rorate Caeli, which makes me wonder about them. There is a UV chapter here locally. Paul

    On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM, Mary Victrix

  5. It’s not “good news” — it’s not even news — Mass is Mass! I for one am tired to death of folks insulting Christ’s Holy Sacrifice for ANY reason. If one is looking for or to uphold *Catholic* division (and I have indeed encountered that for 10 years online), there are 10,000 Protestant sects always looking to welcome new members.

  6. Relax: I agree completely with your fatigue factor regarding insults directed at either form of the Mass . But if I may suggest via a poor attempt at humor: “Relax.” This latest incident in Buenos Aires shows in clear fashion (via both pictures and quotes from what was said) what the SSPX ultimately degenerates into. See Phil Lawler’s brief but unassailable commentary on the Catholic Culture website. God bless!

  7. Ave Maria!

    I am glad Pope Francis is making himself clear, but I also appreciate that he has responded to the difficulty within the FI, as his position mandates. He does well to address FI concerns and hear the whole story. There have been those within FI, who have been very obedient, to the point of suffering way beyond the call of their vows. Francis, Our Good Shepard, must care for his deeply religious brothers, long suffering. They thought they had a form which was the norm, then to find out “not so” by founders of their community, whose reaction was then, vituperative for ones who thought about keeping to the Ordinary form as the norm.

    One ubiquitous goal for all, I’m sure, is to come to “Serve”. No one has signed on with a different goal in mind. But the Pastor must weigh the emotional reaction of the faithful, to one form or the other, and must be considerate to those asked to serve. I just hope those, who wish to make the ordinary form of the mass available for their flocks, who want it, can do so, as well.

    May Our Lady of Peace, the first tabernacle, smile sweetly on all who stick to their servitude, in order for each of her children to reach full Eucharistic Communion with her Son! May God the Father Bless His Marion children, who delight in Our Lady as St. Maximilian did. Only good things can come from this, I pray!

    Thanks for keeping us posted Father, many blessing upon you!

  8. If we view the role of the Pope has guardian and preserver of tradition, and orthodoxy, than not “have(ing) any problem with lay groups and associations like yours ” is not the same as agreeing with them.

    Simply tolerating the traditional faith is not what one should expect of a Pope. One should expect encouragement and recognition that there this “old way” is simply the “way it ought to be” everywhere now and forever, within the majority latin rite.

    I for one find this statement absolutely meaningless.

  9. I think it’s important to note, Saintly Sages, that Summorum Pontificum and the subsequent letters of instruction penned by Pope Emeritis Benedict XVI made it clear that those celebrating the TLM could not dissent from Vatican II or any of it’s teachings, nor could they be affiliated with those who were. He also made it clear that the Novus Ordo and TLM were BOTH mutually beneficial celebrations of the one Latin Rite. Our obedience is first and foremost to Holy Mother Church and her Vicar ( not a rite). Our trust should be in the authority given to our Holy Father by God Himself, and a total surrender to any salvific discipline he deems necessary in piloting the Barque of Peter. God bless you!

  10. My take is that Pope Francis wants to squash the tremendous work being done by the FI and its subsequent growth because he is strongly against the Latin Mass. Closing down monasteries and dividing up the leadership is a harsh blow to the FI and one that could only benefit the great enemy of Truth, the prince of this world, Lucifer. I opine that our present Pontiff is a freemason seeking the destruction of the True Church. I pray for him daily, but also for the intentions of the supernatural leaders of our militia, Mother Mary and St. Michael, I pray that souls can be won back for Christ against the onslaught against Truth within the Church. Sister Lucy rightfully exclaimed that the real battle for souls is within the bosom of the Church and the destruction of the FI could only be a victory for the enemy.

    [edited by blogger]

  11. Wow, some really dark and destructive attitudes exist among some who attend the EF. How does one claim to be a devout orthodox Catholic and speak with such hostility against Our Holy Father and the Church? Very sad indeed and I fully understand and support the need for Church authority to put a stop to that. Neither Mary, St. Michael nor any of the other Saints would ever support such an offensive tone against our beloved Holy Father and the Church.

    In Christ,

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