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The following was published on the BBC website concerning the recent comments made by Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos in England (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7454224.stm).

As Fr. Z. commented on this article earlier, there seems to have been a great reluctance on the part of the bishops to allow the Latin Mass in their dioceses. However, this has been taken out of their hands by the new Motu Proprio and the Universal Indult. Now, any priest can celebrate the Latin Mass privately or publicly whnever he wishes.

One of the consequences of this could be the initiation of courses in Latin that are much better than what has been seen in the seminary systems. The recent hubub in the Diocese of San Diego clearly shows that there may be priests who did not receive a good enough education in the Latin language when they were attending the seminary.

In addition to this, there may be a great impetus to bring back the Latin Mass to places that haven’t seen one in an extremely long time. It feels to me that most of the bastions of traditional Catholicism are in small and relatively isolated towns that are scattered throughout the United States. Perhaps, the Latin Mass can now come to them as well.

In the long run, I wonder if any of the schismatic groups such as the SSPX and the CMRI will come back and join the Church. After all, the Latin Mass has been restored and the news continues to get better all the time. I think that it is of tantamount importance that some of these groups begin negotiations with Rome. It would be useful for them and for the Church. Unfortunately, I see no such things happening in the near future. Therefore, we should pray for them.

Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

St. Padre Pio, pray for us!

St. Conrad of Parzham, pray for us!

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