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Bishop to consider apostolic letter

By Bishop Terry R. LaValley

July 28, 2021

Editor’s note: Bishop Terry R. LaValley issued the following letter to priests and deacons of the diocese on July 20.

As you know, Pope Francis published an Apostolic Letter, Traditionis custodes [Guardians of the Tradition] on July 16, 2021. The purpose of the Holy Father's letter is to strengthen the bond of unity among all Catholics who celebrate the Eucharist in the Roman Rite and to provide for their spiritual nourishment.

Pope Francis, after consultation with the bishops of the Roman Rite throughout the world, has provided new direction for the celebration of the Mass in Latin according to the 1962 Roman Missal. I am committed to serving the spiritual well-being of those Catholics in our diocese who pray the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal as well as all who pray the Mass according to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Given that the norms were promulgated only a few days ago, it will take some time to study them, examine our local situation and seek counsel from within the Diocese of Ogdensburg, from other bishops, as well as from the Roman Congregation responsible for the document's implementation. In the meantime, I am happy to grant the necessary faculties so that those priests who are already celebrating the rites of the Extraordinary Form (according to the 1962 Roman Missal) may continue to do so in those locations where they are currently celebrated. No new public liturgical celebration of the Extraordinary Form should be introduced anywhere in the diocese at this time without my written permission. Further guidance will be offered as study of the document proceeds.

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