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The Traditional Latin Mass in the Archdiocese of Jakarta

Rorate has been informed that, in the Archdiocese of Jakarta, a Low Mass is currently celebrated every 3rd Saturday a month by an Indonesian priest "in good standing" who, nevertheless, has asked not to be be named. The Mass is held in a private residence in the city of Tangerang, 30km south of Jakarta and is attended by 20-30 people, mostly youths.

The following is a picture of this Mass. I can't show the other pictures as these will make the priest easy to identify:

The Archbishop of Jakarta, Julius Cardinal Darmaatmadja S.J., (currently 75 years old) had publicly declared in 2007 (the Indonesian text can be found here) that Summorum Pontificum does NOT apply to his archdiocese, deeming it "not relevant". On the other hand, the Indonesian bishops' liturgical commission, in that same year, asked priests not to refuse requests for the TLM.

An Indonesian website promoting the Traditional Latin Mass -- Kami Cinta Ritus Tridentina -- also announces that a TLM will be offered on May 23, 2010, Pentecost Sunday, at 10:00 A.M., at the Ursuline chapel, Merdeka Road number 24, Bandung. (Kapela Susteran Ursuline St. Angela, Jln. Merdeka 24, Bandung.)

The SSPX also has a modest presence in Indonesia.


  1. Anonymous9:43 AM

    Thank you for this, Mr. Palad. In my work updating listings for T.L.M.s, I have frequently run into this sort of situation, in which a celebrant was hiding his Masses or afraid to offer them. On one occasion, when a group I work with listed a certain private Mass, the bishop sent me an angry letter threateing action against the celebrant unless I removed the listing. A certain other celebrant has told me that his bishop finds ways of occupying him so that he cannot offer the T.L.M. on more Sundays. It is incredible how far some bishops and chancery hacks will go to stop the Mass of the Ages.


    Let's pray for this priest in Djakarta.

  2. Anonymous12:13 PM

    Well at least Jakarta has the Mass twice per month now.

    It is similar to the situation in many American dioceses.

    Wonderful news though!
    From only one Mass now they have two!
    Its a beginning.

    It is ashame that the bishop there is in schism.
    I shall pray an Ave for him.


  3. Anonymous1:18 PM

    At 75 this bishop is the right type to scream about the TLM. He is one of the passing liberials that time will pass by.

  4. You shouldn't even have this picture up. Why jeopardize a good thing? Someone, somewhere, will know exactly which priest that is just by looking at his frame, the back of his head, etc. I really do suggest taking down the picture, or at least putting up a picture where the priest is pixellated or whatnot.

  5. Anonymous3:53 PM

    Dear Jasoncpetty:

    Yes, this priest is committing the blackest of crimes: Has he aborted a baby? No, far worse: he's celebrated the Traditional Laitn Mass.

    Meanwhile, clown Masses continue. Let the show go on! How long, O Lord?


  6. Anonymous5:10 PM

    This is not a traditional latin mass.

  7. Anonymous2:55 AM

    To Anonymous (17:10): In a country that a local ordinaries do not support TLM in any chapel or church or cathedral we must support ourselves whatever costs. What do you expect if the total collect for the monthly mass is around $50.00? So limited resources here!

    What Markus Kuncoro said 100% true.

  8. So good to see the Mass being said regularly in Indonesia, despite the odds laid against it. I have a great fondness for the Indonesian people, and to those readers of this blog who are a part of this small community, please be assured of one Australian's prayers.

    That the Mass however must be said in secret, here and across the globe, to avoid neither secular control nor anti-Catholic persecution, but rather to escape the attention and censure of Bishops of "good standing", should make every Catholic weep.

    May we always be grateful for such courageous priests, and never cease in our prayers for them. Thank-you to Rorate for this heartening piece of news.

  9. "Meanwhile, clown Masses continue."

    As well as Masses with crystals, and Masses with invocations to the spirits of the four corners of the universe, etc. etc.

  10. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Thank God he's 75. I take his career is at an end. Deo Gratias!

    God free us from "Jesuit" bishops.

  11. Hi, I'm Albert, the attendant and also member in the effort for celebrating TLM in Indonesia, particularly Archdiosese Jakarta.

    Some correction for the text above, it was stated as before;

    "Held at Tangerang 30 Km South from Jakarta"

    is incorrect, the TLM was held in Jakarta, particularly West Jakarta at Puri Indah just a kilometer from West Jakarta Major Office.

    Some of the photos can be seen here;

    We regularly celebrate TLM every third Saturday at month, with the priest in which full communion with Rome and local hierarchy, also with legal procedure based in Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.

    Best regards and my pray


  12. The Vatican knows perfectly well what is going on in Jakarta but does nothing as usual.

  13. SSPX have one Mass per month on the first Sunday in Jakarta.


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