Traditional Catholics Sound Alarm as Rome Suppresses Most Old Rite Sacraments

They contend the Oct. 7 pastoral instruction forbidding six of the seven sacraments celebrated according to the extraordinary form is a violation of canon law and will cause spiritual harm. The prohibitions arise from Pope Francis’ Traditionis Custodes. Says Father Gerald E. Murray, “Since the prohibition of the more ancient sacramental rites is not expressly stated in Traditionis Custodes, it should not be asserted that this supposed prohibition is, in fact, now in effect by virtue of an identification of what constitutes the ‘unique expression of the lex orandi.’”