Tridentine Mass "Not a Priority," Says Cardinal Arinze

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 13, 2005 (<a href=”http://www.zenit.org”>Zenit.org).- No one at the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist has addressed the issue of the “Tridentine rite” Mass that the Latin Church used before the Second Vatican Council.

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The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, Cardinal Francis Arinze, mentioned this at a press conference today when he evaluated the first phase of the synodal assembly.

“No synodal father has mentioned this point,” said Cardinal Arinze, the co-president of the assembly. The so-called Tridentine rite was approved by Pope St. Pius V.

“If there are groups that desire the Tridentine Mass, this is already provided for,” he said. “Bishops may allow it for groups.”

“It is not a priority for the synod, as no one has spoken about it,” the cardinal concluded. “The problem we have discussed is that many people don’t go to Mass, and those that come don’t understand — they go to Communion but not to confession, as if they were immaculate.”

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