How limiting Latin Mass may become the defining moment for Pope Francis

(The Conversation) — Pope Francis took sudden steps on July 16, 2021, to curtail the traditional Latin Mass, in an abrupt reversal of his predecessor’s policy. To non-Catholics – and many Catholics – the decision may seem on first glance to be a technical, even obscure action not worth very much attention. But it sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic Church. As a scholar who studies the Catholic Church’s relationship to the world, I believe the move may be the most important action Francis has taken in an eventful papacy.

How limiting Latin Mass may become the defining moment for Pope Francis

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