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07-07-07 | by Lawrence OP
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07-07-07

On this day, 7 July 2007, Pope Benedict XVI in a letter and decree entitled 'Summorum Pontificum' declared that the old Roman rite of the Mass that was in use before Vatican II is once more freely available to the Catholic faithful, alongside the reformed Roman rite. These would constitute the two forms of the one Roman rite, equal in status, holiness and legitimacy.

 

There is great wisdom in this decision, for it recognises that in the one Church there are different spiritualities and God draws us in different ways, but always to the same Lord. The Church, as the Sacrament of Salvation, offers this plurality of forms, for the salvation of all.

 

May all Catholics open their hearts to the movement of God's Spirit and as Pope Benedict said: "What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place."

 

Amen.

 

Oh... the glass is from Leicester cathedral.

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