Mrs. Terri O’Rorke’s letter of Aug. 26 (“An important point missing”) makes a serious error in fact.
The error is the claim that Saint Benedict Center does not “have the permission from their Diocese to offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.”
The priest in residence here at the center is a cleric of the Santa Fe, N.M., Archdiocese. He is here with the permission of his own archbishop as well as the last two bishops of Manchester. This permission dates back to October 2010.
The Diocese of Manchester says on its website that our bishop “has granted permission to a priest in good standing to celebrate Mass and hear Confessions at Saint Benedict Center for the residents and their guests. The Bishop has approved a recently constructed building as an appropriate worship space. ...”
Church law allows all Latin-Rite priests to offer the so-called “Extraordinary Form” of the Roman Rite, a.k.a., the Traditional Latin Mass. As of July 7, 2007, this issue is no longer even debatable.
Since our celebrant is a priest in good standing, who has been allowed by the local bishop to offer Mass here, he enjoys all the permissions he needs to offer the Traditional Latin Mass at Saint Benedict Center.
All these claims are easily documented.
In addition to our resident priest, three priests of the Diocese of Manchester have graciously offered the Traditional Latin Mass for our community in these last (almost) four years. We are grateful to them.
Mrs. O’Rorke’s misstatement is typical of the content of the book she recommends, a volume whose authorship is as mysterious as its claims are fantastic.
Brother Andre Villarrubia
95 Fay Martin Road