A Mass mischaracterization 

John Allen’s latest article “Tradition and transition” claims that the vast majority of Masses that were celebrated in the side chapels of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome “were conducted in the older rite.”

This is an outrageously misleading statement. As a priest who has celebrated the Novus Ordo Mass at St. Peter’s every day for the last two decades, I guarantee that the majority of Masses have never been in the older Ordo. His statement is not only incorrect and misleading, but incendiary.

— Msgr. Larry Spiteri, Rome, Italy

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