Pope Francis issued a radical statement that effectively banned Catholics from attending the traditional Latin mass, a move many saw as a direct attack on conservatives within the church.
As MSN reports:
Pope Francis on Friday directly reversed a signature liturgical decision of Pope Benedict XVI, moving to strongly limit use of the old Latin Mass and spurring anger from church traditionalists.
The pope, whose tenure has been characterized by deep church divisions and conservative opposition, said in a letter that his new ruling was a step “in defense of the unity of the Body of Christ.” He suggested that those who favored the old Latin Mass had been exploiting the rite as a way to “reinforce the divergences, and encourage disagreements that injure the Church.”
Francis’s move will not change church services for the majority of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics, who are largely familiar with the modern Mass — shaped amid church reforms of the 1960s — that is recited in the local language, not Latin.
But many traditionalists remain champions of the old Latin Mass, a liturgy that dates back more than a millennium and has become a central point in church divisions in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, which ended in 1965.
The Latin mass was drawing young people into the church and making them excited about their faith. It's a good thing Francis is shutting that nonsense down. We don't want young, energetic people. Average age of any parish should be 75, at the youngest. Thank you Pope Francis!
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 16, 2021
The discovery of the Traditional Latin Mass, which had only recently been reauthorized by Pope Benedict, was among the key factors in my reversion from atheism to the Faith, as it was for countless young Catholics. A devastating decision: https://t.co/ioPnaO7lgY
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) July 16, 2021
Francis has long been an enemy of conservatives and has in the past criticized border controls and praised socialism.