No Latin Mass for Martini

Retired Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini has criticised Pope Benedict's decision to allow greater use of the Latin Mass, saying it is important to have a common language for prayer.

ABC News reports that Cardinal Martini says he will not celebrate Mass in Latin, criticising Pope Benedict's decision to allow for greater use of the old Latin mass.

Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who has broken with the Vatican on a number of issues, says he considers it important to have a common language for prayer.

"A bishop cannot ask his priests to satisfy all individual demands," he said in an article published by l Sole 24 Ore newspaper.

The cardinal said he loved the Latin language and would have no trouble celebrating Latin Mass.

"But I will not do it," he wrote.

Cardinal Martini tempered his criticisms by paying homage to "the immense benevolence of the pope, who wants to allow everyone to praise God with old and new forms," but made clear that he was not on board.

The 80-year-old cardinal also defended Vatican II, saying it "took a major step forward in the understanding of the liturgy".

Cardinal speaks out against Latin mass (ABC, 30/7/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Unofficial translation of papal text on use of Tridentine Mass (Catholic News Service, 7/7/07)
Text of Pope Benedict XVI's letter to bishops on Tridentine Mass (Catholic News Service, 7/7/07)
Tridentine Mass
Latin Mass Melbourne
Tridentinum website

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31 Jul 2007