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A "victoria" for Newton's Latin Mass community

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 8, 2007 10:27 AM

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Theresa Higgins of Plymouth is a member of the Archdiocese of Boston's Latin Mass community.
(Globe staff photo by Tom Herde)

NEWTON

The minority of Catholics who have clung to the Latin Mass, who are based locally at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton Upper Falls, are celebrating a decision by the Vatican to allow wider celebration of the traditional rite.

In a document released yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI reached out to alienated traditionalists and opened the door to wider use of the Latin Mass by allowing priests to say the Mass without requiring authorization from their local bishop.

But the step is troubling liberals, who worry the move could be the first step toward a broader rollback of a variety of modernizations that have taken effect since the Second Vatican Council ended, prizewinning Globe religion writer Michael Paulson reports.

Read more about the Vatican's decision in the online version of today's City & Region section.

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