Card. Castrillón Hoyos on older form of Mass being abolished

24 May 2003In an interview in the November 2005 number of 30 Days His Eminence Darío Card. Castrillón Hoyos (Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy) was interviewed by Gianni Cardinale.   The interview is online.  In the interview the Cardinal was asked (by the "cardinal", if that isn’t too ironic) the following:

It is known that the Saint Pius X Fraternity is asking the Holy See for a liberalization of the so-called Tridentine mass and a declaration affirming that this liturgy has never been abolished.
CASTRILLÓN HOYOS: The mass of Saint Pius V has never been abolished. As for liberalization, I remember that under the pontificate of John Paul II there was a meeting of all the department heads of the Roman Curia, in which the vast majority were not against such a request. It would be dangerous to create opposition between the old rite and the new. The liturgy cannot be a battlefield. As priest, as cardinal and as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, I feel great pain in seeing the unacceptable language at times used of the wish of Jesus to give his own body and blood, and to entrust them to his Church. And this is true of some spokesmen of the Saint Pius X Fraternity, but not only them.

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  1. Norman says:

    what puzzles me most is this statement by Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos

    Unfortunately Monsignor Lefebvre went ahead with the consecration and hence the situation of separation came about, even if it was not a formal schism.

    so what is this “situation of separation” ?
    Is it mere disobedience ? Is there communion, simply because they say that they insert the Pope’s name into the Canon?

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