Is the Latin Mass becoming a separate rite?

Latin Mass in Speyer

When Pope Benedict XVI liberalised permission for celebration of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass in 2007, he insisted he was creating two forms of the one Roman rite, writes Kevin DiCamillo at Crux.

Ten years later, however, it's legitimate to ask if we actually have two separate rites.

In The National Catholic Register last year about the (Low) Tridentine Mass, in a piece titled "You Have The Rite To Remain Silent," I cited emeritus Pope Benedict's 2007 document Summorum Pontificum, in which he wrote that his amendment to "the Church's Lex orandi (law of prayer)," allowing the old Latin Mass and the new Mass on a regular basis, "will in no way lead to a division in the Church's Lex credendi (law of belief)."

"They are, in fact, two usages of the one Roman Rite," Benedict said.

But this past spring was a real mind-bender for anyone who attends the "Latin" Mass, or prays the Divine Office according to the 1962 rubrics. It came with the liturgical calendar.

Per the new calendar, the Easter season ended at vespers on Pentecost Sunday night. When we awoke on Monday, May 16, it was - and I cringe as I type this - "ordinary time," not one of the most mellifluous terms to describe the bulk of the Church year.

However, for those observing the extraordinary form of the Mass - which also extends to the expression of the sacraments, the sacred offices, and sacramentals as found in the Collectio Rituum - Paschaltide, in the form of the Pentecostal octave, lasted right through to Nones (mid-afternoon prayer) on Ember Saturday, May 21, meaning there was almost another full week of Easter.

So which was it? Were we in the Eastertime/Pentecost octave, or ordinary time? In one "indivisible" rite, it hardly makes sense that it could be both simultaneously.

When we have to seriously ask "When is Ascension Thursday? Is it this Sunday?" we might be in trouble as "one" Church.


Ten years in, is the old Latin Mass becoming a separate 'rite'? (Crux)


A tridentine Mass in Speyer (Wikipedia)

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