Archbishop of Baltimore Bans Holy Mass

From August, only the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) will be "allowed" to celebrate Holy Mass in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, writes the conservative [whatever that means] Archbishop William in a decree of 13 March.

All other priests must preside over the Eucharist of Bugnini, the Cromwell of Vatican II. The Holy Mass which is celebrated at St Mary's Church will be banned. Lori writes that he has received an indult from Rome to continue celebrating Mass temporarily during a period of transition.

He says that he is "very grateful" to a [supposedly] "large number" of St Mary's parishioners who, over time, have switched from Holy Mass to the Novus Ordo.

The FSSP parish at Baltimore's National Shrine of St Alphonsus Liguori is in a troubled neighbourhood, yet the church is full.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has filed for bankruptcy, will close 40 of its 61 Novus Ordo parishes in the city, and only 2,000 Catholics attend weekly Eucharist in the remaining 21 parishes.