Pope Benedict XVI would like every Catholic parish in the world to offer the Tridentine Mass. Parishes would offer catechism classes to train Catholics to worship at the Tridentine Mass every Sunday, and help them to understand the theology behind this ritual. But the pope is not looking to return to the past. In fact, those who think the pope is trying to roll back the reforms of Vatican II are ignorant.This, according to Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos at a news conference in London that Catholic News Service reported on.

Paul Moses is the author, most recently, of The Italian Squad: The True Story of the Immigrant Cops Who Fought the Rise of the Mafia (NYU Press, 2023). He is a contributing writer. Twitter: @PaulBMoses.

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