Our pastor, Fr. Ananias, a Benedictine priest, offered a private low Latin Mass at our parish Friday evening in Patton, PA, and close to 70 attended.
Furthermore, Fr. Ananias announced at mass this morning that he will begin offering a private low traditional Latin Mass every Sunday at 5:00pm, beginning today, September 16, at Queen of Peace Church in Patton PA.
He will start offering a private high Mass on Sundays at 1:00pm, as soon as he has a choir trained and alter servers trained. Until then, the laity are permitted to attend his private Sunday evening 5:00pm low latin (“Tridentine”) Mass, which will also fulfill their Sunday obligation, if they happen to be in the area.
Queen of Peace Parish
907 Sixth Ave.
Patton, PA 16668
Phone: (814) 674-8983
We assume that once the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei publishes their *dubia *clarifying Summorum Pontificum either at the end of this month or next month, these onerous distinctions between “private” and “public” TLMs will no longer be necessary.
Cardinal Hoyos’ comments from Friday should be duly noted; I sent this Letter to the Editor to the local Johnstown PA newspaper on Friday evening:
Pope Benedict recently published a new law that gives permission to all Catholic priests to offer the old Latin mass. This was clarified on September 14, the law’s effective date, by Cardinal Hoyos, president of the Ecclesia Dei commission which enforces the law.
Cardinal Hoyos stated, "priests can decide, without permission from the Holy See or the bishop, to celebrate the Mass in the ancient rite. And this holds true for all priests…It is not therefore necessary to ask any other permission…The Code of Canon Law says who must give permission to say Mass and it is not the bishop: The bishop gives the “celebret,” the power to be able to celebrate *, but when a priest has this power, it is the parish priest and the chaplain who must grant the altar to celebrate. If anyone impedes him, it is up to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, in the name of the Holy Father, to take measures until this right is respected…The Pope does not impose the obligation; the Pope does impose offering this possibility where the faithful request it. If there is a conflict, the authority of the bishop must intervene to avoid it, but without canceling the right that the Pope gave to the entire Church.”
Many thanks are due to our Pope for this new law, to Cardinal Hoyos for clarifying and enforcing it, and to Bishop Adamec for graciously acknowledging and obeying it locally.
–Dr. Brian Kopp