Celebrations of the old Mass stopped
A believer, who takes part in the old Mass, needs a “solid liturgical education "- he also must master Latin.
The Administrator of the Diocese of Savona Noli has prohibited all Latin Masses in the Diocese.
That, he said last Monday in a message published on the diocesan Web site.
The coastal city of Savona is fifty kilometers west of Genoa.
Currently, the Diocese of Savona Noli is orphaned. The former bishop, Msgr. Domenico Calcagno Agno, was promoted in July by Pope Benedict XVI to the Vatican Secretariat of the asset management (APSA) appointed.
Since then, the Diocese has been headed by an administrator, Prelate Andrea Giusto.
On Monday, 26 November, he published a controversial message. It is headlined by "stop the Mass of St. Pius V.".
A day before in the Chapel of St Michael in the town of Celle Ligure-a coastal town eight kilometers away from Savona – the old Mass read, the first under the provisions of the Motu proprio.
It was organised by an association of Genoa. 150 believers attended the church service.
The administrator is obviously uneasy:
"Given the absence of a bishop, and because the conditions for the permission for the Mass celebration according to the Missal of St. Pius not yet sufficiently clarified, I ask the priests of the diocese with certainty, not to give permission to groups, which request a celebration of the Old Mass, and also to ensure that no church in the area of the Diocese organises Masses according to the pre-Conciliar rite. "
The diocesan site also allows comment from the liturgist, the Very Revd. Andrea Grillo. He commented on the conditions for the celebration of the old Mass.
Revd Grillo especially focuses on the need for a "stable group" and the active participation in the rite:
"This means that a solid education and a liturgical knowledge of the Latin language is necessary and that this is Mass is not organized by a large number of invitees, as if it were a drama or a private act. "
The instruction of the Diocesan administrator, published on Monday has the result that the old Mass in Celle Ligure was immediately suspended.
Now, the comments section of the diocesan website was flooded with readers indignant messages.
But it does not distress the Diocesan administrator: "It is normal that opponents speak."
The Diocese Savano draws contrasts Revd Giusto prelate further:
"The Latin Mass, as it was celebrated in Celle, divides instead of uniting."
One family gathered together does not eat at two different tables.
The administrator also claimed that the conditions of the Motu Proprio were not met in Celle:
"I heard about the Mass through a flyer on the street " - Revd Giusto.
But the organizers of the Mass concede nothing:
"If the Diocese does not reconsider, we will appeal to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei"