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Attending a Latin liturgy
The Sunday after Pope Benedict XVI authorized the wider use of Latin in the Catholic mass, I went to St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, which has been celebrating mass in Latin for years. In fact, Catholic priests could always use the Latin version of the 1970 Vatican II–inspired liturgy (which at St. John Cantius is called the missa normativa). What the pope did was authorize use of the pre–Vatican II Tridentine Mass—named for the 16th-century Council of Trent—by any priest in any parish without the special permission of the local bishop. The Tridentine Mass, or the “extraordinary form of the Roman Rite,” as Pope Benedict called it, has also long been celebrated at St. John’s, which has had special permission from the archbishop to worship as the church did for half a millennium before Vatican II.


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