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Psalmus 18:5 [RSV 19:4]

The Return of the Tridentine Mass

On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued the Apostolic Letter motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, which permits most priests to celebrate the Roman Missal of 1962 (the last edition of the Tridentine Mass issued before Vatican II) without obtaining special permission. The pope also made it much easier for lay people to attend such a Mass if they wish.

The motu proprio itself was issued in Latin; the text can be found here. There is no official translation into English or any other language. However an English translation has been published in the Newsletter of the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The motu proprio is accompanied by a letter from the pope to the Catholic bishops of the world. This was issued in six vernacular languages, but not in Latin. The English text can be found here, and also in the BCL Newsletter mentioned above. For other languages, go to the Vatican web site.

My own reaction to the document should be published soon; I will provide a link when it is.

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