Pope reverses Benedict, reimposes restrictions on Latin Mass

ROM (AP) – Pope Francis took action on Friday against the spread of the old Latin mass and overturned one of the signature decisions of Pope Benedict XVI. in a great challenge for the traditionalist Catholics.

ROM (AP) – Pope Francis took action on Friday against the spread of the old Latin mass and overturned one of the signature decisions of Pope Benedict XVI. in a great challenge for the traditionalist Catholics.

Francis has again restricted the Latin Mass that Benedict had loosened in 2007. The Pope said he was doing this because Benedict’s reform had become a source of division in the Roman Catholic Church and by Catholics who opposed the Second Vatican Council, 1960s meetings that modernized the Church.

Francis passed a new law according to which individual bishops must approve the celebrations of the old mass, also known as the Tridentine mass, and newly ordained priests must receive express permission from their bishops, in consultation with the Vatican, to celebrate it.

The move is likely to spark an uproar among traditionalists who are already against the more progressive leanings of Francis and are still nostalgic for Benedict’s doctrinal papacy.

The Associated Press

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