On July 16th, 2021, the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our Holy Father Pope Francis issued a motu proprio addressing the practice of celebrating Mass according to the Roman Missal edited by Pope Saint John XXIII in 1962. It is a liturgical practice that has steadily grown throughout certain parts of the Universal Church and in our Diocese. The norms contained in the new motu proprio significantly restrict the use of the Roman Missal of 1962. The new law requires individual bishops to approve celebrations of the Tridentine Mass
In his letter to priests, released today, the Bishop states that he believes it is important that we the retain the celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of 1962 in the Diocese, provided that future practice is in conformity with the norms of Traditionis Custodes. The bishop indicates that he will take time to consult, draft and promulgate permanent diocesan norms that will address both the pastoral needs of those who have received spiritual nourishment from attending such celebrations of the Mass, while at the same time remaining obedient to the requirements of the law and the wishes of the Holy Father.
The interim procedure outlined at the end of his letter applies to all such celebrations scheduled from Wednesday, July 21, 2021 until the Feast of the Archangels, September 29, 2021. The new permanent norms will be ready for diocesan-wide implementation by the end of September 2021.