Two high-ranking Vatican officials have signalled support for changes that would either restore elements of the pre-1970s Latin Mass or make the older rite itself more widely available.
    Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, head of a papal commission charged with overseeing use of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass, told an Austrian newsmagazine last month that he favours wide freedom to celebrate the Tridentine rite, which can now be celebrated only with permission from a local bishop.
    Several supporters of the older rite took Castrillón Hoyosto mean that the Vatican is considering issuing general permission for priests to celebrate it, eliminating the need for approval from the bishop. In effect, such a move would leave the church with two Roman rites, with priests and parishes to decide which to employ.
    Meanwhile Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith, has written a new book in which he proposes that priests turn away from the people in order to face east during portions of the Mass. He also supported placing tabernacles in a central location in churches and endorsed a "renewed appreciation" of kneeling. All are customs associated with pre-Vatican II liturgical piety.
4 July 00

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