Vatican Denies Archbishop Permission to Celebrate Latin Mass at Australian Cathedral

The Vatican denied the Archbishop of Melbourne permission to continue to have the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) offered in the cathedral, upsetting local TLM attendees.

On Tuesday, ZENIT News shared a letter from the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to Archbishop Monsignor Peter A. Comensoli explaining why the Dicastery denied the Melbourne prelate’s request for a dispensation to offer the TLM at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The request followed the restrictions of Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis Custodes that declared the Latin Mass is not to be offered in “parochial” churches.

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“While we recognise that Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 has been celebrated in the Cathedral Church for some time, we are, nonetheless, constrained to deny this request,” wrote Vittorio Francesco Viola, the secretary of the Dicastery for Divine Worship.

“It does not seem appropriate for the antecedent liturgy to be celebrated in the place that should serve as an example for the liturgical life of the entire diocese. The Cathedral is the first place where the celebration of the liturgy must use the current liturgical books, which form the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite,” Viola continued.

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