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Letters & Op-Eds - 2007

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The Mass In Latin (Redux)

Jon O'Brien

4 June 2007

To the Editor:

John L. Allen Jr. gets it wrong when he predicts that the ''Catholic left'' will decry the pope's forthcoming decision to liberalize the use of the Latin Mass as a step back into traditionalism (''The Pope's Language Lesson,'' Op-Ed, May 30).

Indeed, many of us will welcome the fact that someone as busy as the pope has the time and patience to hear the petition of a small group of traditionalists who have felt marginalized and isolated since Vatican II and will allow them to experience the Mass in the way they want to.

Such a decision gives the rest of us hope that the pope will also hear the voices of the millions of Catholics who want him to lift the ban on condoms, give women greater equality in the church and welcome our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters into the fold.

Jon O'Brien, President
Catholics for a Free Choice
Washington, May 30, 2007

This letter originally appeared in the 4 June 2007 edition of the New York Times.