Premature excitement over universal indult

Premature excitement over universal indult

Some are making a big deal of this report in an Irish newspaper whose headline asserts more than the article: “Pope to permit Tridentine Mass rite.”

In fact, the article just quotes a prediction of Professor Eamonn Duffy that Pope Benedict will “lift the restrictions on the celebration of the Tridentine liturgy.” There is no basis for this other than his own musings. It doesn’t say he has inside information or anything like that.

It’s not that I disagree with him; I think he’s right. I just think the article is premature since many of the people I talk to about this sort of thing said the same the day the Pope was elected. Nothing has changed since then and so there’s no reason to get excited.

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