Cardinal Arinze encourages more Latin liturgies

St. Louis, Nov. 13, 2006 (CNA) - The Catholic Church’s chief liturgist told a St. Louis congregation on Saturday that Latin should be used more frequently in the liturgy.

The Latin language is currently “in the ecclesiastical refrigerator … Mass today should be in Latin from time to time,” Cardinal Francis Arinze reportedly told more than 250 people at the Gateway Liturgical Conference, sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Cardinal Arinze, 74, is the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He was the keynote speaker on the final day of the conference.

First steps. Pray for many more steps.

Cardinal Arinze can’t be a real liturgist: everything he says makes too much sense.

Hope he’s our next Pope.

Well, now, this arouses mixed feelings in me. On one hand, I would like to see him occupy the Throne of Peter; on the other hand, for him to do so would require His Most Holy Awesomeness Pope Benedict to have a very short reign. After all, Cardinal Arinze just celebrated his 74th birthday.

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