Retired archbishop calls Pope Francis’ Traditional Latin Mass restrictions ‘a regrettable step backwards’ – Catholic World Report

La Plata, Argentina, Aug 26, 2021 / 10:45 am (CNA).

Retired archbishop calls Pope Francis’ Traditional Latin Mass restrictions ‘a regrettable step backwards’ – Catholic World Report
A sacramentary is seen on the altar during a traditional Tridentine Mass July 18, 2021, at St. Josaphat Church in the Queens borough of New York City. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

La Plata, Argentina, Aug 26, 2021 / 10:45 am (CNA).

Archbishop Héctor Rubén Aguer, the Archbishop Emeritus of La Plata, has said that the restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass in Traditionis custodes “involve a regrettable step backwards.”

“The current Pontiff states that he wishes to pursue still further the constant search for ecclesial communion (prologue to Traditionis custodes) and to make this purpose effective, he eliminates the work of his predecessors by placing arbitrary limits and obstacles to what they, with intra-ecclesial ecumenical intent and respect for the freedom of priests and faithful, established! It promotes ecclesial communion in reverse. The new measures involve a regrettable step backwards,” Archbishop Aguer wrote in an Aug. 23 article.

The archbishop emeritus said that it is now “in the hands of the diocesan bishops to grant authorization for the use” of the 1962 Roman Missal, and thus “everything starts over again, and it is to be feared that the bishops will be miserly in granting permission. Many bishops are not Traditionis custodes, but traditionis ignari (ignorant), obliviosi (forgetful), and even worse traditionis evertores, (destroyers).”

Archbishop Aguer noted the reasonableness of requiring an acceptance of the validity of Vatican II, the liturgical reform, and the magisterium, but questioned: “for those who already used the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, was the ordinary oversight of the bishops and the eventual correction of the offenders not enough? It would be necessary to use charity and patience with the rebels.”

For the archbishop the limitation of places and days to celebrate according to the 1962 Missal “are unjust and inconsiderate restrictions”.

“It is curious that while officially promoting a ‘polyhedral’ structure of the Church, with the ease that this attitude implies for the spread of dissent and errors against the Catholic Tradition, a liturgical uniformity is imposed that seems to have been chosen solely against that Tradition,” he said.

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