Friday, July 20, 2007


Sometimes I get the impression that a Vaticanista is not playing with a full deck. This is one of those times. From Matt Abbott's column:

It can be difficult nowadays to ascertain whether certain individuals are joking or serious about certain matters.


Father Reginald Foster is one such individual. In Jan. 2007, Father Foster, the Papal Latinist for the last 38 years, told the London Telegraph that Pope Benedict XVI "is not going to [reintroduce the Tridentine Mass]."


He also said the Tridentine Mass "is a useless [M]ass and the whole mentality is stupid. The idea of it is that things were better in the old days. It makes the Vatican look medieval."

But he does love teaching Latin, according to the story.

Oh, and Father Foster apparently has celebrated Mass in the nude. Or perhaps he's just "joking."


According to the column, this is the priest who translated John Paul II's writings into Latin, and has taught at the Greg.

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