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CNN Comes to St Agnes

A month or so ago, Ms. Delia Gallagher of the Cable News Network (and cameraman) came to the Church of St. Agnes to take a few shots of the 11:00 Tridentine mass and to interview a few folks on the street afterwards. Those who spoke with her said she was genial, and the report she filed is available from the CNN website here (2:08, following a thirty-second advertisement).


This post was published on Sunday, July 15th, 2007 6:41 pm. It has been categorised under Church Latin Mass.
16 Jul 2007 2:33 pm

I’m very happy for you traditionalist Roman Catholics.

My church, a Reformed Episcopal parish, uses the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Holy Communion is celebrated with the priest facing ad orientum, which I much prefer.

It’s obvious even to some Protestants that the differences between the Tridentine mass and the Novus Ordo involve more than the use of Latin.

Mrs. Peperium
17 Jul 2007 9:28 am

Where’s Fiendish?

That’s a very nice church. We did stop in at Father Rutler’s church a few weeks back and your presence was most missed. I do believe that was the first time I’ve ever carried a bottle of Pimm’s into church and a dozen whoopie pies…

I once carried a dozen large bottle rockets through The White House….

17 Jul 2007 10:41 am

Mrs. P., I was out of town that weekend, so my 15 minutes of fame are still unused. I assume your bottle rocket trick came before 9/11.
Andrew, thank you for posting this CNN report. I could not find it on the internet, although I had done some searching. It will be interesting if the report yesterday by “Catholic World News” proves accuate concerning the Pope’s privately celebrated Masses. CWS, in the story to be found here:
states that, in private, Pope Benedict uses the 1962 Missal exclusively.

Dino Marcantonio
18 Jul 2007 7:27 am

I’m afraid the very next day CNS rushed to issue a correction:

18 Jul 2007 10:25 am

The “correction” issued by CNS has generated much heat, very little light. CWS has now clarified that they were not saying that privately celebrated Masses have been exclusively with use of the 1962 Missal. At Fr. Zuhlsdorf’s site, Father has deconstructed the CNS “correction” of the CWS story. And there are 50 comments on this topic so far at Fr. Z’s site, including some convinicing assertions that Pope Benedict has at different times used the 1962 Missal and the Paul VI Missal. The link to the 50 comments (you need to then scroll up to read Fr. Z’s initial take down of CNS) is here.

Dino Marcantonio
18 Jul 2007 1:31 pm

Well, that would be wonderful news indeed. I pray that we might soon see the Pope offer a Trad. Mass publicly.

Msgr. Soseman
18 Jul 2007 10:06 pm

Great pictures. What a marvelous occasion to celebrate!

19 Jul 2007 1:14 am

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you have a cool blog. Do keep up the good work. I’ll be back for more. i live
far from where you live. its nice to be able to see what people from across
the world thinks.

On a related note perhaps you might find the following article interesting.
we are currently doing a series of posts on essenes and their culture and i’ll
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Facts on Essene Culture

Warm Regards from the Other Side of the Moon.
Bijoy Cletus – Kerala, India

19 Jul 2007 9:30 am

This Pope, as we all know by now, has said the traditional Mass before – when he was a Cardinal. We can’t doubt that he says it now. However, as already argued over at the newliturgicalmovement, it is very, very, very, unlikely that he will say the traditional Mass ‘publicly’ because the only public Masses that Popes said before (using the Vetus Ordo) was the Solemn Papal Mass. There are few people in the Roman Curia who would know how to do it and be willing to do it.

Also, the Pope would have to wear all the vestments that have not been worn by Popes since Paul VI, the sedia, the Tiara (which this Pope removed from his Coat of Arms), the fistula, the reverences, etc., etc.

Just take a look at the Coronation Mass of John XXIII – that should give us some clues of what is needed, and how many people are needed.

Re CNN report: A more positive report on the Mass than other previous reports. Also, the last picture on this post seems to make the church look a little bigger than it really is.

John Rao
23 Oct 2007 8:40 pm

Dear Andrew: Can you post information about our November 17th conference on “The Sleep of Reason”? You can find the description at, or I can send it to you. John Rao

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