"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cardinal Electors Who Say The Extra Ordinary Form

The next pope and the Latin Mass

Out of the 118 cardinal electors (cardinals under 80), 12 of these men have offered the traditional Latin Mass following the introduction of the novus ordo. This group ranges from Cardinal Arinze offering one Low Mass to Cardinal Burke offering more traditional Latin Masses than we can even keep track of. Several other cardinals have assisted in some way at traditional Latin Masses without publicly offering one themselves, and several cardinals over 80 have offered traditional Latin Masses.

The following is our list (after much research) of the 12 cardinal electors who have offered at least one public traditional Latin Mass as a cardinal, bishop or priest in the past four decades:

Francis Cardinal Arinze

Raymond Cardinal Burke

Carlo Cardinal Caffarra

Velasio Cardinal De Paolis

John Cardinal Tong Hon

Juan Cardinal Sandoval Íñiguez

Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera

George Cardinal Pell

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard

Franc Cardinal Rodé

André Cardinal Vingt-Trois

Pope Benedict XVI, as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, was in this category during the 2005 conclave. Perhaps Benedict XVII, or even Pius XIII, is one of the above 12 to continue the liturgical restoration.

Posted by Kenneth J. Wolfe

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