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Pope Francis Affirms FSSP's Continued Usage of the Traditional Rites

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In a very exciting decree published this morning, Pope Francis, in a private audience with two FSSP priests, affirmed the continued usage of the traditional sacramental rites — including the Rituale Romanum and the Pontificale Romanum — for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

In the course of the audience, the Pope made it clear that institutes such as the Fraternity of St. Peter are not affected by the general provisions of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes, since the use of the ancient liturgical books was at the origin of their existence and is provided for in their constitutions.
The Holy Father subsequently sent a decree signed by him and dated February 11, the day the Fraternity was solemnly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, confirming for the members of the Fraternity the right to use the liturgical books in force in 1962, namely: the Missal, the Ritual, the Pontifical and the Roman Breviary.

The decree in its entirety can be read here.

In thanksgiving to God for this decree — no less, on the date of the solemn consecration of the FSSP to the Immaculate Heart — all are invited to a Solemn High Mass at our local FSSP chapel, St. Francis of Assisi tomorrow, the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, at 8:00 AM.

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