The sadness that many of us feel about the release of the motu proprio Traditionis custodes restricting the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass cannot be denied. There is great uncertainty as to whether those of us who attend the Latin Mass regularly will continue to have access to it. While some bishops—like the courageous San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone—have said that there will be no changes made in their dioceses, it has been reported that Latin Masses have already been cancelled in parishes in at least six dioceses in the United States.

Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano quickly demanded that all priests who offer the Traditional Latin Mass—including in private—need to get his temporary permission to continue doing so: 

All pastors, whose parishes already sponsor the celebration of Mass according to the 1962 Missal, whether on a weekly or periodic basis, are asked to write to me directly, asking permission for such celebrations to continue. The same is required for all priests who serve as chaplains or celebrate Mass according to the Missal of 1962 in a venue other than a parish Church…. Any priest who wishes to celebrate Mass according to the Missal of 1962 privately, that is, a low Mass without the presence of a server or the faithful, should submit a letter requesting permission to do so directly to me. I will grant him faculty to do so through September 29, 2021, at which time the process to request a more permanent faculty will be in place.

Praise the Lord

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