San José, Costa Rica, Jul 20, 2021 / 14:01 pm
The Costa Rican bishops’ conference on Monday declared that no expression of the liturgy prior to that of 1970 is authorized for use in the country’s eight dioceses.
“From now on the use of the Missale Romanum of 1962 or of any other of the expressions of the liturgy prior to 1970 is not authorized,” the bishops’ conference stated July 19. The bishops added that "no priest is authorized to continue celebrating according to the old liturgy."
The bishops said that in communion with Pope Francis they have welcomed his motu proprio Traditionis custodes, which establishes restrictions on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass.
"As a fruit of the pastoral discernment that we carried out in communion with many other members of the faithful, the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica are convinced that there is no objective justification for using the liturgy prior to the 1970 reform among us.”