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VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — The distress of faithful Catholics who love and attend the Traditional Latin Mass was brought to the attention of several high-ranking cardinals at the Vatican this weekend.

Newly elevated Cardinal Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, deflected the issue, insisting that the restrictions of the Latin Church’s ancient liturgy were not his but the Pope’s. When the cardinals responsible for the Synod on Synodality were asked about including traditional Catholics in the synodal process, they insisted that all members of the Church must be listened to but did not offer any concrete steps to assure that this would in fact happen.

After the creation of 21 new cardinals on Saturday at St. Peter’s Basilica, LifeSiteNews approached Cardinal Roche to communicate to him the distress of traditional Catholics who love the Church’s ancient Latin liturgy. Speaking on behalf of traditional Catholics, especially those in the Washington, D.C.-Arlington area, LifeSite requested that the cardinal consider lifting his restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass. Roche deflected responsibility, saying they were not his restrictions but the Pope’s.

“That’s true, but they come through your office,” he was told in reply. “On behalf of those who love the Latin Mass … many of whom are young with young children and families, I ask that you at least consider lifting these restrictions.” The cardinal did not respond to the request.

On the previous day at the Holy See’s press conference on the Synod on Synodality, Diane Montagna, reporting for The Remnant, brought up to the cardinals directing the synodal process the issue of the plight of traditional Catholics.

“What efforts will the Synod office, the Secretariat, make to include the viewpoints of priests, young people, families, who love and attend the Church’s ancient Liturgy, the Latin liturgy, and are now effectively, in some cases, being cast out of their parishes, in some dioceses, and given a clear message that they’re really not welcome? How will you address that?”

In response, Cardinal Mario Grech, the Secretary General for the Synod, affirmed that in listening to the faithful through the synodal process the Church “cannot exclude anyone.” In an apparent effort to please all, he commented that a bishop “must both listen and be listened to.” And most of all, he insisted, we must listen “to what the Spirit is telling the Church today.”

Cardinal Grech offered no criteria for judging how the Holy Spirit is guiding the Church nor did he indicate that the listening upon which he insisted need take any reference or guidance from Scripture, Tradition, or the Church’s Magisterium. Nor were any concrete steps indicated as to how the Synod was assuring that the voice of traditional Catholics would be heard.

With this ambiguity and vagueness, Catholics may well question whether such speech is mere words with no intention to actually include the views of traditional Catholics, both priests or laity, in the synodal process. On the face of it, such responses seem instead to many of the faithful to thinly veiled the disregard for such Catholics with which the Synod on Synodality is marching forward.


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