The Latin Mass is still around, by the way

A quick follow-up to my post Friday about the possible “return” of the Latin Mass…

I didn’t mean to make it seem as if the traditional Mass has been extinct since Vatican II. That’s not the case at all. Parishes can celebrate the Tridentine Mass with the permission of their bishop. In the Archdiocese of New York, the Latin Mass is celebrated at six locations.

One of them is the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Sleepy Hollow. A group called Una Voce Westchester publishes the schedule and all relevant information on its “website.”:http://www.unavocewestchester.org/

Here’s the thing: It’s been well documented that many bishops and priests have been reluctant to offer the Tridentine Mass. Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith, in the “interview”:http://www.insidethevatican.com/newsflash/2007/newsflash-feb21-07.htm I referred to on Friday, said as much.

What he was talking about, it seems, was the possibility that Benedict XVI will emphasize that the Latin Mass should be made available more often, in more places, if there is a desire for it among the faithful.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.