Friday, October 11, 2019

The Latin Mass in New Orleans in 1967

Our recent photopost for the Exaltation of the Cross included some photos from St Patrick’s Church in New Orleans; as I noted in the post, this is one of the very few places anywhere in the world to have a weekly Latin Mass going all the way back to 1967. Following up on that, the current parish priest, Fr Garrett O’Brien, was kind enough to send in photos of a bulletin from that year sent out to the clergy of the diocese, announcing why the Mass was being so instituted. It is particularly interesting to note that Sacrosanctum Concilium is cited to explain this step, in addition to a pastoral need to accommodate those who do not speak English. It is perhaps hard to believe now, given how cavalierly the letter of SC was dismissed in the execution of the post-Conciliar reform, but there was indeed a period immediately after Vatican II when people took the letter of it seriously. The relevant section begins at the end of the first page.

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