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Regular TLM to be offered in Zagreb

Rorate Caeli reported last month on the intervention of the PCED in the Archdiocese of Zagreb, Croatia. In a letter dated November 25, 2010, Msgr. Guido Pozzo told the coetus of Traditional Catholic faithful in Zagreb that Cardinal Bozanic had promised to ensure the celebration of the TLM in one of the churches of his Archdiocese.

No.: 43/2011
Zagreb, 5 January 2011

10 000 Zagreb

Dear Mr. ***,

I inform you that the Archbishop of Zagreb, His Eminence Cardinal Josip Bozanić, accepting your petitions, has appointed the Reverend Monsignor dr. Stanislav Vitković, prebendary, to take care of and be at disposal in the Archdiocese of Zagreb for the celebration of the Holy Mass according to the Roman Missal, published in 1962, in accordance with the regulations of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI.

At the same time, it has been decided that he will begin this service on 20 February 2011. Church of St. Martin in Zagreb (Vlaška street, 36) is made available for the use in the above mentioned celebrations of Mass. Holy Mass according to the Missal of Bl. John XXIII will be celebrated there every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation at 11:30 am.

I ask you, therefore, to refer all further questions related to the celebrations of the Holy  Mass according to the Roman Missal from 1962 to the address of Archdiocesan Chancery in Zagreb.

In Christ, High Priest and Lord and the communion of His Church,

+ Ivan Šaško
Auxiliary bishop of Zagreb, vicar general

In addition, Rorate has been informed that a society dedicated to promoting the TLM was founded in Zagreb on Saturday, January 15, 2011. The society, called Benedictus, had 18 founding members.

H/t to our reader Marcus M.


  1. Anonymous4:20 PM

    I wonder when this will happen in Greensburg, PA.

  2. Will this be in Latin--or in Slavonic, as was the custom in certain dioceses in that area before Vatican II?

  3. Church Slavonic was only used in several dioceses in Croatia, but not in Zagreb. I think it wouldn't even be legal to celebrate in Church Slavonic there without a special permission (maybe even from the Holy See).

  4. Will this be in Slavonic using Glagolitic script?

  5. It will be in Latin. We'll have to work a bit harder to have it in Old Slavic as well one day. Perhaps this will encourage other bishops, especially those in dioceses with history of Glagolitic Mass, to allow it.

  6. Glagolitic Mass has been used in Zagreb as well but only in certain churches.

    I don't know what the legal standing of Glagolitic Mass is. Last published Missal was quite some decades before 1962. But I'm sure if a bishop wanted to have it, there would be no problems. Otherwise...

    (There is a monthly NO "Glagolitic Mass" in Zagreb.)

  7. \\(There is a monthly NO "Glagolitic Mass" in Zagreb.)\\


    Are the books printed in Glagolithic characters?

  8. Anonymous8:50 AM

    Time now for us to be allowed to have the Old Mass in Hobart Tasmania. We have petitioned our archbishop. Only allowed once a month on a moveable Sunday.
    The diocese has shrunk from 70 to over 30 priests. No seminarins for 20 years. He won't let any young priests come in who say the Old Mass.

  9. Anonymous7:06 PM

    I wonder when this will happen in Paisley Diocese. We communicated with Rome over a year ago after our Bishops stalling in allowing a ER Mass. Not a word back!

  10. Allow me to once again urge those who are attempting to arrange for the celebration of the traditional Mass in your area to realize that you do not need the "permission" of the Bishop in order to do so. We simply must shake free of this terrible mindset, and the Pope has obviously helped in this matter with SP and UE.

    Informing the Bishop of your wish to have this Mass, working with him respectfully in order to see it happen, yes; asking "permission" of him, no. It may be a fine line to follow but it is critical that the Bishops understand that this Mass is our natural right, not to trampled upon and not merely a "gift" from them to be distributed at their whim.


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