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6/26/2013 11:04:00 AM
Mass was codified, not formed during Counter-Reformation
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Cardinal Walter Brandmuller elevates the Eucharist during a Tridentine-rite Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2011.
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Cardinal Walter Brandmuller elevates the Eucharist during a Tridentine-rite Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2011.

To the Catholic Sentinel:

I want to clarify your article “Latin Mass offered as outreach in Veneta.”

The traditional Roman Mass was not formed during the counter-Reformation, though it was codified in 1570 as a result of the Council of Trent.

The Roman Mass in its essentials dates back to Pope St. Gregory the Great. The Roman Mass is the most ancient and venerable rite in the entire Church (either in the East or the West) as testified by the liturgical scholar, Adrian Fortescue in his work, The Mass: A Study of the Roman Liturgy.

Louis Tofari
Kansas City, Mo.



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