Monday, September 06, 2010

Guido Marini: Latin is the Language of Catholicism

In preparation for the visit of Pope Benedict to Great Britain, The Herald has conducted an interview with Msgr. Guido Marini, Master of Apostolic Ceremonies. While the entire interview (which is really more an article containing some quotes - including the title of this post - and otherwise some rather questionable explanations by the author) is not available online, a summary is:

A substantial part of the Mass to be celebrated by Pope Benedict at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow on September 16 will be said in Latin, the Vatican has confirmed.

In an interview with The Herald, published today, Monsignor Guido Marini, the Pope’s master of ceremonies, reveals the Canon and Preface – the most significant parts – will be said in the ancient language.

Mgr Marini said: “For all the Masses said in the UK the Preface and the Canon will be said in Latin. What the Holy Father intends by using Latin is to emphasise the universality of the faith and the continuity of the Church.”

You can read the entire summary at The Herald's website here.

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