Mass using Roman Missal of 1962: Plans
Bishop to celebrate Missa Pontificalis
Bishop Robert C. Morlino will celebrate a Missa Pontificalis (Pontifical High Mass at the Throne) according to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite based on the Missal of Blessed John XXIII. The bishop will celebrate the Mass on Gaudete Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church in downtown Madison.
The pope emphasized that the teachings of Vatican II must be interpreted in light of Catholic tradition within the continuity of magisterial teachings.
The Holy Father expressed hope that a broader use of the Missal of 1962, the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, would encourage "interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church" and would restore a more reverent approach to the ordinary form of the rite, celebrated according to the current missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino, in his comments on the apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum (Catholic Herald, July 19, 2007), announced that he intends to celebrate Mass according to the missal of Blessed John XXIII, also known as the Roman Missal of 1962, as a "joyful act of obedience to the motu proprio of Pope Benedict and grateful to be freed from the limitation of his own judgment."
The bishop also pointed out that "every celebration, either in the ordinary form or the extraordinary form, will express the reverence proper to the truth that this celebration unites earth to heaven and joins us here in the Diocese of Madison with the great assembly of angels and saints."
Even before Summorum Pontificum was issued, a number of Catholics representing various parishes in the Diocese of Madison met to ascertain how Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 could be sanctioned in the Diocese of Madison, under the provisions of the apostolic letter Ecclesia Dei of 1988.
After several meetings and consultation with Bishop Morlino, a society in the Diocese of Madison was formally established on August 30, 2007. The purpose of the society is to facilitate the initial celebration of the Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 in the Diocese of Madison. Full story ...
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