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7863Alexy II greets Catholics as they reintroduce Latin Mass

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Sep 1, 2007
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      30 August 2007, 12:33
      Alexy II greets Catholics as they reintroduce Latin Mass

      Rome, August 30, Interfax - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All
      Russia has greeted the recent decree of Pope Benedict XVI providing
      more freedom to celebrate the ancient Latin Mass.

      The motu proprio Summorum Pontificum that provides more freedom to
      use the pre-Vatican II Missal 'is a positive fact,' Patriarch Alexy
      II of Moscow and All Russia said to comment on the Roman Catholic
      Church reintroducing her ancient liturgical form.

      'We strongly adhere to the tradition. Without being faithful to her
      liturgy the Russian Orthodox Church would have failed to survive
      persecutions in 1920s and 1930s,' the Russian primate told the
      Italian daily Il Giornale a few days ago after celebration liturgy in
      the Cathedral of the Dormition in the Kremlin.

      The patriarch opined that the pope's decision might contribute to
      establishing closer links with the Orthodox Churches, the daily said.

      The obligatory Latin Mass was abolished by the Second Vatican Council
      (1962-1965) when the Roman Catholic Church legalized liturgical use
      of modern languages hoping to attract more people. But the results
      were far from ideal, and the reform led to a schism as Archbishop
      Marcel Lefevre refused to accept it an faced excommunication in 1988.