North American College Cancels Traditional Latin Mass

In a memo sent to “the Community ” at the North American College (NAC), Rector Fr. Peter Harman announced that all Masses in the Extraordinary form will be permanently suspended at the most important American Catholic institution in Rome.

Also, according to the memo to which CNA had access, the celebration of the Extraordinary Form will no longer be taught to seminarians.

In a memorandum signed and published Aug. 31, Fr. Harman explained that “when Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum in 2007, the Pontifical North American College in accordance with his motu proprio began official training in the ‘Extraordinary Form’ and provided for Masses according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 to be included in the regular rotation of special Masses on Saturday. In addition, the College provided liturgical supplies that were needed for priests to celebrate according to the ‘Extraordinary Form'”

But the NAC’s rector proceeds to explain that “in light of the motu proprio of Pope Francis, Traditionis Custodes, which was issued on July 16, 2021, and after having received canonical counsel, the College remains consistent with what the Holy Father has asked of us. Consequently, the following will be the practice of the Pontifical North American College on the Janiculum.”

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