In his statement, the 65-year-old archbishop also explained the background to his decision to permit a monthly celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass at the cathedral in San Francisco.
He stressed that he had approved the request before the publication of Traditionis custodes.
“In response to a request from a group of the faithful in the Archdiocese of San Francisco in June, I agreed to allow a monthly first Wednesday celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption,” he said.
“The request having been received and granted before the issuance of Pope Francis’ motu proprio, Traditionis custodes, the first of the monthly Masses was celebrated on July 7, the 14th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum.”
Cordileone told CNA on July 16, the day Traditionis custodes was released, that Traditional Latin Masses would continue to be available in the archdiocese, which covers Marin, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties in California. He said it would be offered “in response to the legitimate needs and desires of the faithful.”
Concluding his latest statement, Cordileone said: “Pope Francis is concerned with preserving unity. While celebrations of the Traditional Mass will continue, the focus on unity must always be before our eyes in every celebration of the Mass, in whichever form or rite.”
“In addition, greater attention and effort must be placed on restoring dignity, reverence and a sense of the sacred in the celebration of Masses according to the current edition of the Roman Missal.”
“Especially now it is incumbent upon all Catholics to show respect to the Holy Father, and as well as patience and understanding toward each other regardless of the form in which one chooses to worship.”
“As I said when the motu proprio was published July 16: ‘The Mass is a miracle in any form: Christ comes to us in the flesh under the appearance of Bread and Wine. Unity under Christ is what matters.’”