Friday, July 06, 2007

INDIA: Cardinal Toppo on Tridentine Mass

Liturgical Heritage is Church's Rich Treasure: Cardinal Toppo

New Delhi, July 04, 2007, 08.30 Hrs (CBCI News):

“The varied liturgical heritage is the Catholic Church’s rich treasure. All of us need to be proud of this invaluable legacy,” declared Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.

Cardinal Toppo was speaking to the executive secretary of the CBCI Commission for Social Communications, Fr Henry D’Souza today at the CBCI Centre, New Delhi.

Cardinal Toppo returned from Rome on June 30, after attending the specially held meeting of church leaders on allowing the celebration of the Tridentine Latin Mass.

Pope Benedict XVI is expected soon to issue his Motu Proprio (on his own initiative) allowing the celebration of the Tridentine Mass as an "extraordinary" form of the Latin rite.

The secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone convened the meeting of selected cardinals and bishops from different countries and bishops' conferences on June 27 in the Vatican.

Cardinal Toppo, as president of CBCI was one of the invitees to the meeting.

Pope Benedict XVI interacted with the participants during one of the sessions.

“If some of the faithful feel that they are enriched by celebrating a particular form of Catholic liturgy, wherever possible they should be allowed for pastoral reasons,” stated 66 year Cardinal Toppo.

“The Tridentine Latin Mass is not another rite, but it is the same rite which has come down to us as a God-given gift,” affirmed the first ever tribal Cardinal of India.

“The post-Vatican II Latin rite Mass is presently the normal, ordinary way of celebrating the Eucharist. The Church which neither condemns nor rejects any good gifts, would allow the Tridentine Latin Mass as an extra-ordinary form of celebration, especially for those who are attracted by it and desire it,” explained the Cardinal.

“The move is particularly of greater significance, because it tries to strengthen church’s unity. The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, inspired by the Holy Spirit is trying to accommodate everybody in pastoral charity,” affirmed Cardinal Toppo.

Cardinal Toppo hoped that the move would go a long way in reconciling some of the factions who moved away on the issue of liturgical reforms, particularly in Europe, leading to greater unity and witnessing to Christ.

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