Another thing about the lawless, heartless St. Peter’s Mass Suppression Stunt

Another point about the lawless, heartless edict from High Atop The Thing against priests who want to offer Holy Mass at side altars of San Pietro… as they have been able to do for decades.

The defenders of the sterile, cruel demand for liturgical uniformity and control will resort to silliness about priests saying Mass alone (and a great many of the Masses by individuals at the side altars do have some of the faithful present): it is “against Vatican II” or it is “a contradictory sign” or some such other B as in B, S as in S.

From a priest and my emphases:

This new ruling seems to conflict with the Vatican message that
priests should celebrate without people even during Holy Week during the pandemic, and especially on Maundy Thursday! The decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued for 2020 and 2021 states: “Bishops and priests may celebrate the rites of Holy Week without the presence of the people” and “On [Maundy Thursday] the faculty to celebrate Mass…without the presence of the people, is exceptionally granted”.

No wonder someone is trying by indirect means to trash Card. Sarah’s reputation now that he is retired from his post at CDW.

Just sayin’.


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  1. Marty says:

    Couldn’t the Vatican’s reason behind the elimination of private Masses be the expenses involved (i.e., with reports that the Vatican treasury is all but depleted, the Vatican is attempting to cut costs associated with the laundry of altar linens, plus the costs of employing altar servers and sacristans, etc.).

    Yes, this might be “small potatoes” (especially compared to the costs associated with investing in the movie, “The Rocketman”), but it’s a start.

  2. AutoLos says:

    Wait, I know a way to get your side-altar TLM approved. Just arrange to have a female instituted acolyte serve as your straw subdeacon and you’ll get approval in minutes.

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  4. kurtmasur says:



    And with the sad state of affairs in the powers that be in the Church administration, I’m afraid you are right :-/

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