FIRST note that the 24 April Pontifical Mass for the anniversary of the inauguration of Pope Benedict’s pontificate will go on.
I received this PRESS RELEASE from the Paulus Institute:
In consultation with His Eminence, Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, The Paulus Institute has
agreed to seek another celebrant for the Pontifical Solemn High Mass taking place on April 24th.
This action will help maintain the solemnity, reverence and beauty of the Mass.
The Paulus Institute was formed for the propagation of sacred liturgy. The Traditional Latin
Mass planned for April 24th honoring Pope Benedict on his five-year inauguration anniversary is
a liturgical event much bigger than the individual celebrant. Cardinal Castrillon was approached
to celebrate the Mass early in what has been a three-year effort because of his special experience
in celebrating this form of Mass and his efforts under Pope John-Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI
in encouraging the traditional form of the Mass, full liturgy and sacraments.
We are in the process of seeking another Bishop to celebrate a Pontifical Solemn Mass on
Saturday and are confident that one will agree. However, in any event, a beautiful, dignified
Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
on Saturday at 1PM and will be the first time in nearly a half century this has occurred. All
Catholic faithful are encouraged to attend.
The Paulus Institute regards all sexual abuse as tragic and a heinous sin and supports Pope
Benedict’s fight to rid this disease from the Church. It stands on the side of every victim of
clerical sexual abuse and earnestly desires to bind up the wounds done to their human dignity, to
vindicate their civil and canonical rights, and to help them in the restoration in Christ of all they
To that end, The Paulus Institute supports the directives by the Supreme Roman Pontiff and the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that all bishops should report crimes of sexual
abuse to the police in accordance with the requirements of civil law. However, the Paulus
Institute is not competent, nor does it have the facts, to form an opinion about the about recent
media reports concerning Cardinal Castrillon.
The Paulus Institute requests respect for the human dignity and civil rights of all who participate
in this sacred liturgy and observance for the tranquility and good order of the celebration.