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Statement on Vatican Rescript Regarding Latin Masses

February 28, 2023

In light of the Rescript, which the Vatican sent last week, the celebration of the Usus Antiquior is currently on hold in parish churches in the Albany Diocese. As we explore various possibilities, the Usus Antiquior can continue at Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville, which is not a parish church in the Diocese.

To be clear, this is not a ban on Latin Masses. The original language of the Novus Ordo is Latin and that can and is still being performed.  And neither is the Usus Antiquior “banned” if suitable venues can be found within the current parameters of the rules.  As our statement says, we are exploring possibilities.