Francis Effect: The End of the Traditional Latin Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica

From Rorate Caeli:

The Traditional Mass used to be celebrated hidden, out of sight, in the crypt of the Vatican Basilica (the Hungarian Chapel) from the days of the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei to Summorum.

Since the 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, which recognized that the Traditional Mass had never been abrogated (and in fact could never be so), many priests who have celebrated in the several side altars of St. Peter’s have done so by using the 1962 Missal. And it was celebrated daily in two of the Basilica’s major altars, especially the Altar of Blessed Pope Innocent XI.

Alas, the new order (see below) that has come to the Vatican Basilica has abolished all privately celebrated masses in the upper body of the Basilica (including Novus Ordo masses, which used to be very numerous as well), and has determined that all masses celebrated in the Basilica will have to be (naturally Novus Ordo) concelebrations, liturgically “animated” by “readers” and “singers”…

(Order from the Secretariat of State below:)

And the Latin Mass has been once again relegated to the Catacombs: it can only be celebrated (not by any priest in good standing, but exclusively by so-called “authorized priests”) in set times (7, 7:30, 8, and 9 am) in the Clementine Chapel of the Vatican crypt. Yes, they really do hate us. Yes, they want us all to die and disappear. Yes, if they could, they would wipe us off from the face of the earth.

The only consolation is that the tiny and stuffy and windowless Clementine Chapel is the most special place in the whole Basilica, it is where the main chest protecting the Relics of the Prince of the Apostles himself are held:

Those of us who had the privilege to take part in the Latin Mass above ground will cherish the memory for as we live! Thank you to all priests whom we met there.

More on this sad development from Fr Z: St. Peter’s Basilica – Individual morning Masses SUPPRESSED and Cardinal Burke’s reaction

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6 Responses to Francis Effect: The End of the Traditional Latin Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica

  1. mmvc says:

    Here’s a lovely story from Fr Z’s combox:

    In 1888, on one of the altars of the Basilica of St. Peter, a priest ready to pray the Holy Mass, looked restlessly around him because his altar boy did not appear. A bishop, who was kneeling nearby, approached him and said very simply:

    – Allow me, Father, that I be the assistant of your Mass.
    – No, Excellency, I will not allow it. It is not convenient for a bishop to act as an altar boy.
    -Why not? I assure you I can do it.
    – I don’t doubt that, Excellency. But it would be a lot of humiliation. No, I will not allow it.
    – Quiet. Quick to the altar; begins: “Introibo ad altare Dei …”

    That said, the Bishop knelt and the priest had to yield. Assisted by his new assistant, the priest celebrated Mass with great emotion. At the end he undid in thanks to the Bishop. That pious assistant, twenty years older than the priest, was Bishop Giuseppe Sarto, future Pope Pius X, one of the greatest pontiffs and saints of the Catholic Church.

    Saint Pius X, pray for us
    Further reading reveals young priest was Eugenio Pacelli future Pius XII

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  2. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    What is this other than the beginning of the end! Now while government elected and appointed officials, even a heretic pope Bergoglio tell us we must isolate, wear a mask that actually does nothing good, take the Jab, what to believe and not to believe, who to look up to; mainly the government and science or the man-made system and world!
    Now they sock the screws tighter and tighter as those that have infiltrated and taken charge of your beloved Church Lord Jesus won’t even allow the most authentic and beautifully sanctifying Holy Tridentine Mass to be performed without restriction as it always had been prior to the polluting Second Vatican Council which has led to this apostasy or corrupting of this purest form of the consecrating of the body and blood of our beloved Savior in the Eucharist our foremost important Sacrament as instructed by Jesus Christ Himself with the Apostles!

    We are most certainly in Latter Days and the End Time is fast approaching! We need God through Jesus Christ more than ever, in this most contemptuous wicked time here on earth; a most unprecedented time when there is this apostasy and falling away!

    @mmvc…Thank you for this example of true humility before God. What a great message is contained in this example made by the then Bishop who is now a Saint! Dear Lord Jesus look upon us now with the greatest mercy and pity; see what has happened to your beloved Church and her children as they are so scattered, disruptive, unruly and even blaspheming our Father in heaven! Save us from these snares and traps the most unholy one has laid out all around us to subdue and conquer all of God’s children as his own to do whatever he wishes; to bring all pain and suffering upon them all. Please forgive us for our sins and mistakes for which we are so sorry, and let us join you Lord and our Father in your kingdom forever. We ask in the sweet name of Jesus. Amen.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III


  3. johnhenrycn says:

    “The Latin Mass has been once again relegated to the Catacombs…”

    Talk about an underground church. I wonder if the sinophiliac Secretary of State Pietro Parolin gets the irony.


  4. johnhenrycn says:

    …by which I mean that Parolin has done his best to destroy the underground church in China whilst restoring it in Rome. Catholics ought to consider it a badge of honour to worship in the catacombs.

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  5. Brilliant thought John


  6. kathleen says:

    This is just so sad; I can’t get over it. There is not a shadow of doubt in my mind anymore that Satan has set up home in the Vatican. He is calling the shots! This order banishing the TLM from St Peter’s Basilica is another sign that fulfills so many of the warnings of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her apparitions, and the prophesies from numerous holy visionaries, that Satan will set up “a false church” in the very heart of the True Catholic Church!

    From Steve Skojec at OnePeterFive:

    “This is another blow from Rome not just against the traditional liturgy, but against the practice of the faith in general through the supreme act of worship, the Holy Mass.

    It is another confirmation of the fact that in Rome, the men running the Church are disinterested in actually being Catholic, and they intend to stop us from doing the same.

    The Church is no longer about the worship of God, the remission of sins, or the path to eternal salvation.

    It has become an ecological NGO, a forum for Leftist political ideology, a promoter of syncretism and paganism and Marxist (and Peronist) economic theories, a clearinghouse for sexual perverts and predators who enjoy the protection of the powerful, an institution willing to sell out millions of its own members to the rape gangs of the CCP without so much as a shrug; after all, they’ve officially endorsed the notion that China is the best executor of Catholic Social Teaching in the world.”

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