Rome Newsroom, Jul 22, 2021 / 06:00 am
Australian Catholics will need to adapt to liturgical restrictions, according to the archbishop of Melbourne, one of a number of Australian bishops to respond to Pope Francis’ sweeping changes to celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass.
“There are a number of priests in our archdiocese and a good number of God’s people who have been celebrating the Mass in the 1962 ritual of Pope St. John XXIII, and who will now need to adapt and make some adjustments in what can happen in our archdiocese into the future,” Archbishop Peter Comensoli said in a video posted on July 22.
“For some, it will be not an easy moment to make an adjustment, and I want to acknowledge that. But for most of us, and most of our priests of the archdiocese, we will not really notice much of a difference because we have been using this ritual that I’m holding here now for some 50 years, and it’s something that we’re quite familiar with and is common to us,” he said.
In the video filmed in front of the high altar at Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Comensoli said that Pope Francis wanted the current Roman Missal to be more “strongly emphasized, so that it might be an expression of the unity of the Church throughout the world.”