On page 6A of today's print edition of the paper, which is also online, the headline "Latin Mass makes a comeback" is above this article by special correspondent Eric J. Lyman, with Rorate contributor Joseph Shaw quoted:
Fifty years after the traditional Latin Mass was abandoned by the Roman Catholic Church, it is making a comeback.
The Second Vatican Council ruled a half-century ago this month that the Mass could be said in local languages while the priest faced the congregation. The longer Latin Mass involved elaborate choreography, and the priest's back was toward the pews.
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI formally allowed the majestic Latin Mass to be more accessible to congregations. Since then, participation has mushroomed.
"Interested Catholics now realize it's not some peculiar thing tucked away in an embarrassed corner," said Joseph Shaw, chairman of the Latin Mass Society based in the United Kingdom. "Once they're in the door, the Mass speaks for itself."
Many enthusiasts of the Latin Mass are too young to recall when it was the standard for Catholic churches.
"There is a movement among young Catholics to know, discover and preserve their Catholic heritage, and the traditional Latin Mass fits in with that," said Joseph Kramer, a Rome-based priest and longtime advocate of the Latin Mass. "I think they are drawn to the liturgical richness of the past."
Though figures on attendance at Latin Masses are not available, there is evidence interest is growing.
The International Una Voce Federation, lay groups associated with the Latin Mass, said member organizations are growing in all parts of the world.
"I think people are drawn to the Mass' beauty and depth and its internal coherence," said James Bogle, president of the federation.
Churchgoers [corrected from the print edition's "Some churchgoers..."] who attend the Latin Mass say the seriousness of the service is appealing.
"In my church in Miami, people come wearing short pants and checking their cellular phones during the service," said Antonia Martinez, 33, a Catholic school administrator who attended a recent service in Rome. "This Mass has a more reverent tone that seems more appropriate for worshiping God."