DETROIT — Supporters of wider availability of the Tridentine Latin Mass — the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite — hail Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate as a godsend.
“Pope Benedict was the answer to the prayers of many people who prefer the Extraordinary Form. It’s hard to imagine that any other pope could have accomplished as much,” said Alex Begin, who has served as coordinator of the Tridentine Masses offered at a number of churches in Metro Detroit and across the river in Windsor, Ontario.
While a strictly limited availability of the Tridentine Mass became possible under the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II, subject to the local bishop’s approval, Pope Benedict not only made it clear that any priest, anywhere, should be able to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form, he also said it ought to be made available for lay people who wish it.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Robert Delaney, "Tridentine Mass supporters thankful to Pope Benedict" (The Michigan Catholic, March 6, 2013):