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LAWFULNESS OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS

1.  Is this Rite of the Mass permitted by the Pope?


When Pope Paul VI introduced his New Rite of Mass in 1969 he gave permission for the continuation of the Tridentine Rite in England and Wales, for example. Many priests were accorded the right to continue celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass, as well, and then, in 1984 Pope John Paul extended that permission to the whole world. In 1988 the Pontiff asked the Bishops to be generous in the application of the permission.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged that every priest has a right to offer this form of the Mass, which he calls the Extraordinary Form.

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2.  Are the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, who provide SanctaMissa.org, in good standing with the official hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church?

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius are a part of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, erected the community in 1998, and thus, the Canons Regular are in communion with the Holy See. For details go to: http://www.canons-regular.org/SJC-Decree.htm

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3.  Does the Traditional Latin Mass fulfill the Sunday obligation?

Of course! - as it has for nearly twenty centuries.

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