Traditionis custodes

Pope Francis issued the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes on July 16, 2021, restricting Masses celebrated in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. The pope made sweeping changes to his predecessor Benedict XVI’s 2007 apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum, which acknowledged the right of all priests to say Mass using the Roman Missal of 1962, which is in Latin. Traditionis custodes (“Guardians of the tradition”) is dedicated to “the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of 1970,” contains eight articles that go into immediate effect.

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Tridentine Mass in Strasbourg Cathedral, France.

How French Catholics are responding to Pope Francis’ Traditional Latin Mass restrictions

A study found traditionalism is growing steadily year on year. Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Cardinal Kasper assails Traditional Latin Mass community for divisiveness

German prelate Cardinal Walter Kasper argued that the Traditional Latin Mass was a source of division and scandal within parishes... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke gives the final blessing during the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage Mass in Rome on Oct. 25, 2014.

Pope Francis' Traditional Latin Mass restrictions: Has your diocese responded yet?

Catholic clergy and lay people around the world continue to react passionately to newly imposed restrictions on the use of... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke listens in the audience during the presentation of the new book Christvs Vincit by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in Rome on Oct. 14, 2019.

Cardinal Burke questions Pope Francis' authority to eliminate the Traditional Latin Mass

In a 19-point statement regarding Pope Francis' motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke called the restrictions on the... Read more

Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila (right) is led to his cathedra inside the 
Manila Cathedral by Archbishop Charles Brown, papal nuncio to the 
Philippines, during the cardinal's installation as new prelate of the 
Archdiocese of Manila on June 24, 2021.

Philippine bishops support pope’s letter on traditional liturgies

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines issued a statement on Thursday supporting Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis custodes, which... Read more

Pontificio Sant'Anselmo, Rome

The increasing influence of the liturgical school Sant’Anselmo in the Vatican

The new secretary and undersecretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship both have studied at the Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo,... Read more

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Australian archbishop: Catholics will ‘need to adapt’ to liturgy restrictions

Archbishop Peter Comensoli said that “for some, it will be not an easy moment.” Read more

A Traditional Latin Mass.

Traditionis custodes: German Catholic dioceses make no immediate changes

Several dioceses confirmed that Traditional Latin Masses would continue. Read more

George Weigel.

George Weigel: Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio ‘unnecessary’ and ‘cruel’

In an essay published on First Things on Wednesday, July 21st, Pope John Paul II biographer described Pope Francis Motu... Read more

Priest celebrating the traditional Latin Mass at the church of St Pancratius, Rome

Do we have a Traditional Latin Mass? US bishops continue to respond to Traditionis custodes

Bishops throughout the United States have continued to respond to Pope Francis’ motu proprio on traditional liturgies, addressing the impact... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen. Courtesy Photo.

Traditionis custodes: Cardinal Zen reacts to restrictions on Traditional Latin Masses

The former bishop of Hong Kong said the move was a “blow.” Read more

The prostration of the ordinands at the Fraternity of St. Peter's Roman Parish, Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, June 27, 2013

FSSP says it is ‘deeply saddened’ by Pope Francis' Latin Mass restrictions

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter issued a statement on Tuesday reaffirming their fidelity to Pope Francis, and expressing their... Read more

Bishop Thomas Paprocki consecrates the host during Mass.

Springfield bishop dispenses parishes from restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass

The bishop of Springfield in Illinois on Monday dispensed two parish churches in his diocese from an article of a... Read more

The Metropolitan Cathedral in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Costa Rican bishops prohibit celebration of extraordinary form liturgies

The Costa Rican bishops’ conference on Monday declared that no expression of the liturgy prior to that of 1970 is... Read more

June 22,2013: The prostration of the ordinands during the Litany of the Saints at the Fraternity of St. Peter's Roman parish, Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini in Rome

More bishops issue statements on Latin Mass, following papal document

More U.S. bishops have issued guidance on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in their dioceses, following a papal... Read more

Cardinal Péter Erdő, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary.

Archdiocese of Budapest denounces false statement attributed to Cardinal Erdö opposing Pope Francis

Early on Monday, July 19, a fake "decretum" from Cardinal Péter Erdö, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and primate of Hungary, started... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on July 27, 2016.

Full text: Traditionis Custodes, Pope Francis' motu proprio about Traditional Latin Mass

This is the official translation published by the Vatican of the apostolic letter issued motu proprio by Pope Francis about... Read more

A girl with a chapel veil at the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage Mass in Rome on Oct. 25, 2014.

Catholics react to Pope Francis’ sweeping restrictions on extraordinary form Masses

The motu proprio Traditionis custodes is provoking strong reactions. Read more