Naples, Sep. 17, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Bishop Raffaele Nogaro of Caserta, Italy forbade the celebrate of the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass on Sunday, September 15, despite the permission granted by Pope Benedict XVI for all priests to use the older liturgical form.
The Italian daily Il Messagero reports that Bishop Nogaro ordered Msgr. Giovanni Battista Gionta to cancel plans for a Mass using the 1962 Roman Missal at the Shrine of St. Anne. Msgr. Gionta, who had scheduled the Mass at the request of local Catholics, posted a note at the shrine to announce that he was changing plans. “I obey the bishop,” he explained.
Il Messagero said that Bishop Nogaro ordered the cancellation of the Mass “so as not to set a precedent.” The bishop said that he was taking action to help his people pray properly, since** “to mumble in Latin serves no purpose.”**
I realize that The Holy Father would rather not go head-to-head when it comes to problems like this… but Your Holiness, now is the time for swift, decisive and concrete action. Anything less on your part will only embolden those who desire to defy not only you, but centuries upon centuries of Catholic tradition.