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Week of September 22, 2008
Latin Mass advocates never satisfied, says frustrated cardinal
By CINDY WOODEN
“When we are before the greatest expression of love for humanity — the Eucharist — how can we fight?”
- Cardinal Dario
The pope’s 2007 document was also seen as a major step toward reconciliation with the followers of the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
Lefebvre was excommunicated when he ordained four bishops against the express wishes of Pope John Paul II.
But the process of reconciliation broke down in late June when Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the Society of St. Pius X and one of the four bishops ordained by Lefebvre, failed to meet four conditions for moving the process forward.
“The Eucharist should never become a point of contrast and a point of separation,” Castrillon said at the Sept. 16 conference. “What is more important: the mystery of God who becomes bread or the language by which we celebrate the mystery?”
The cardinal said the Mass — in whatever language it is celebrated — must be a service motivated by love and “never a sword” used against other Christians.
By making it easier for priests to celebrate the older liturgy and for the faithful to have access to it, he said, the pope “was not just exercising his task of governing, but was exercising his task of sanctifying” the people of God.
“When we are before the greatest expression of love for humanity — the Eucharist — how can we fight?” Castrillon asked.
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