On Sunday at the Conference Hall of the Casa Maria Immacolata, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos was the keynote speaker. Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos is a former president of the pontifical commission Ecclesia Dei.
What will interest those who cherish the Traditional Liturgy is that the Cardinal informed those gathered that the Roman Pontiff does not plan to interfere with the Old Rite. I see elsewhere that the Cardinal had met Pope Francis on the 31st October.
“I met Pope Francis very recently and he told me that he has no problem with the old rite, and neither does he have any problem with lay groups and associations like yours that promote it,” he told Una Voce International members.
So, take heart – the brakes are not about to be applied and reverse gear selected!
[It is claimed that Cardinal Castrillón is the Pope's main contact for Traditional matters as a Bishop Fernando Rifan (Apostolic Administrator of the Personal Apostolic Administration of St. John Mary Vianney, in Campos, Brazil) has suggested so in the recent past, he himself having met the Pontiff shortly after the conclave.]
Also, the recent issue of the Friars of the Immaculate was discussed. His Eminence said that the Pope moved to insist on the use of the Novus Ordo in that religious community only because of internal dissension, and not because of any negative judgment on the traditional liturgy.
Meanwhile, at its general assembly, Una Voce International elected a new president: James Bogle, lawyer, author, chairman of the Catholic Union of Great Britain and friend of the Latin Mass Society.
“We are very grateful to His Eminence Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, His Eminence Cardinal Brandmüller, and to Archbishop Pozzo for taking part in our General Assembly of the International Federation Una Voce,” Bogle said.
He continued, “We are very pleased with the way the celebration of the traditional Mass is now going worldwide. We are obviously very grateful to Benedict XVI and also our present Pope Francis for all the support that they have given us in our right to worship in the traditional Roman rite.”