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Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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ITALIAN BISHOP FORBIDS LATIN MASS DESPITE POPE'S MOTU PROPRIO

The liberal leadership of the Church has consistently demanded obedience from the orthodox faithful yet they so often fail to obey Church teaching and their own superiors. The lack of humility is very unsettling.

Naples, Sep. 17, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Bishop Raffaele Nogaro of Caserta, Italy forbade the celebrate of the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass on Sunday, September 15, despite the permission granted by Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) for all priests to use the older liturgical form.

The Italian daily Il Messagero reports that Bishop Nogaro ordered Msgr. Giovanni Battista Gionta to cancel plans for a Mass using the 1962 Roman Missal at the Shrine of St. Anne. Msgr. Gionta, who had scheduled the Mass at the request of local Catholics, posted a note at the shrine to announce that he was changing plans. "I obey the bishop," he explained.

Il Messagero said that Bishop Nogaro ordered the cancellation of the Mass "so as not to set a precedent." The bishop said that he was taking action to help his people pray properly, since
"to mumble in Latin serves no purpose."

Elsewhere in Italy the effective date of the papal motu proprio authorizing use of the 1962 Missal was greeted more warmly. In Rome, Msgr. Granito Tavanti celebrated Mass using the older liturgical form at the basilica of St. Mary Major, in the Borghese chapel. In Loreto, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (
bio - news) celebrated the older form of the Mass. Other celebrations of the "extraordinary form" were reported in Rome, Prato, Palermo, Legnano, and Bologna.

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