Thank you, too deogratias, for the ecclesiadei link. I have seen this before. I wonder why the indult Tridentine Mass at the Dunn parish is not listed here – but I do know that that is the only one in my entire state at this time
It is too new - here in Phx we have had the Indult Mass since June and it is not yet listed either. But if you think the Mass you wish to attend is approved anywhere, you can just check with the Diocese office and they will tell you yea or nay.
I suppose my really big issue is, if the Vatican II documents never said to completely cease using the Latin Mass, and it was only an indult from Rome that allows them to be in the vernacular in the U.S., then why did all of the U.S. churches completely abandon the Latin Mass?
Oops you have some scrambled facts here.
Vatican II did not abolish the use of Latin and in fact encouraged it in the New Mass.
No Indult exists that says the U.S. can say the the Mass in the vernacular - all Masses in accordance with the 1970 Missal were to have some parts in the vernacular and some in Latin but the Latin has just “drifted” away.
What is necessary is to say the Mass in accordance with the 1962 Missal is the Bishop’s permission - this is the Mass by Indult and this is always in Latin.
It seems to me it has posed many new problems in my state at least where we have a huge hispanic population, that now every Catholic parish I have seen has to have a separate Spanish Mass each week, and so on. It seems counter productive, when most of these people would easily understand the universal Latin Mass anyway. Hardly any of the priests we have know Spanish, and this means we have to have an extra Spanish-speaking priest at most parishes in addition to the main priest(s).
Well that may or may not be true but what did exist before was that many countrys had Missals in Latin on one side of the page and the language of that country on the other side - as was the case in this country and still is with the 1962 Missal. The Mass was said in the Univervasal language of the Church (and true Latin is still the official language of the Church) but for most, they relied on the translations.
It may be of interest to some that there is no Tridentine Mass in Mexico. The problem with the Missal being used in any language in some countries is that many of the population may be illeterate.