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Pope, the Mass, and the Society of St. Pius X
Father Blet declared in a recent interview: "The Pope Himself Celebrated this Mass During His Recent Vacation"
Pierre Blet, sj, Professor of Church History at the Gregorian University,
his defence of Pope Pius XII against the charge of anti-semitism, has
given an interview in
which he made some interesting comments apropos relations between Rome and
the Society of Saint Pius X and the attitude of Rome to the Traditional
Mass. This interview was published in the July-August 2002 issue of the
journal of Una Voce France. Father Blet considers that there are at
present indications that an entente may be reached. Father Blet noted that
members of the Society had been very warmly received during the Holy Year,
but that things have slowed down a little since then due principally to
the question of accepting Vatican II. He added that "this was not an
impediment given that the Council had not promulgated any binding dogmatic
definition. Everyone therefore has the right to examine what he feels able
Where the problem of the Mass is concerned, certain cardinals of the Curia, and not the least among them, would be willing to accept the Mass of St. Pius V. Some of them have celebrated it publicly. Father Blet then made public some information that has remain confidential until now: "The Pope himself celebrated this Mass during his recent vacation." He also reported the suggestion of a cardinal who remarked that in a town in the Middle-East where he had been a missionary the Mass is celebrated in a dozen different rites. "Under these circumstances, he asked, why could there not be two rites in the West?" Father Blet added: "The Curia is ready to make concessions in this matter."
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Posted September 18th, 2002
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