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Thursday, August 19, 2021

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The traditional Latin Mass is not the problem with traditionalist communities

Pope Francis' restoration of restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass was guaranteed to provoke uproar, says Rebecca Bratten Weiss in a commentary for NCR. 

"Many who prefer the old rite (sometimes called the Tridentine Mass, or the extraordinary form) already see the worst in everything Francis does," she writes. "Others who love both the old rite and the pope find his decision troubling. And still others, fed up with the attitudes of traditionalist Catholics, applaud Francis' crackdown."

Bratten Weiss says that while she supports the move, she believes that restricting the liturgy was not the best way to deal with the problems in traditionalist communities. 

"A more effective move would have been to put restrictions on the destructive behaviors and ideologies they promote," she writes. "The traditional Latin Mass is not itself the problem. The problem is that many traditionalist communities embrace and promote ideologies contrary to the Gospel."

You can read more of the commentary here.

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What descendants felt during a dig at a Jesuit-owned plantation

Over the summer, two anthropology professors — Laura Masur, of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and Steve Lenik, of St. Mary's College of Maryland — led a dig on a former plantation owned by the Jesuits: St. Inigoes, in St. Mary's County in southern Maryland. 

Several descendants of enslaved people, including the Georgetown University 272, a list of enslaved persons the Jesuits sold to Louisiana plantations, joined the dig. We asked four people who participated in the dig, one Jesuit and three descendants, to share their reflections.

"I spent two days at the dig sites on St. Inigoes in southern Maryland," writes Robin A. Prudie, a civil servant with the federal government and Navy veteran. "When I picked up a rusty nail from the colonial period, or sifted through the soil with hopes of finding a one-of-a-kind artifact, I never let on that I could see shadowy figures illuminating out of the hallowed ground that was being dug up. Nobody would have believed me anyway. I travailed through the entire experience, convincing myself that this was all a necessary part of the sacred journey."

You can read the rest of the reflections here.

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