Archbishop’s Letter to Tasmania’s Catholic faithful.

Pope Francis released an Apostolic Letter by way of Motu proprio entitled Traditionis Custodes (Guardians the Tradition)

Archbishop Julian has written to the Catholic faithful of Tasmania following his careful consideration of the Apostolic letter:

“My brothers and sisters in Christ, 

On 16 July Pope Francis issued the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes to bishops around the world concerning the celebration of the Holy Mass in their dioceses according to the Missal promulgated by St John XXIII in 1962. 

In this motu proprio the Pope reminds each bishop that they are the “moderator, promoter and guardian of the whole liturgical life of the particular church entrusted to him”, and that the bishop must regulate all celebrations of the Liturgy in his diocese. 

After having fully reviewed the contents of the motu proprio and given it careful consideration, I would like to inform the Catholic faithful in Tasmania that for pastoral reasons the existing arrangements for the celebration of the Holy Mass according to the 1962 Missal will remain in place at this time. 

I invite all Catholics to promote the unity of the Church in faith and charity.”

Yours in Christ

Julian Porteous
Archbishop of Hobart

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