T WOULD be interested to
know what is the basis for a statement made by Fr. John Symon (February 27) in his reply to the question : "May the Mass be said in Latin?"
He asserts that once the local bishops have introduced the New Order, "all Masses, whether public or private, sung or said, in Latin or English must be according to the New Rite."
In an article published in L'Osservatore Romano on October 31 last, Fr. Annibale Bugnini wrote that the first Sunday of Advent would be "the first day on which the New Order in Latin can (not must) be used. The New and Old Rites will continue to co
cxist side by side until November 28, 1971."
Furthermore, the Pope, in his allocution to a general audience on November 26 last, said : "For the Latin text: Priests who celebrate in Latin, in private or also in. public in cases provided for by the legislation, may use either the Roman Missal or the New Rite until November 28, 1971."
Fr. Symon also conveys the impression that Article 50 of the Constitution on the Liturgy makes a statement about silent Masses. It speaks, in fact, of "devout, active participation" — which may be achieved in divers ways.
Alexandra Zaino (Miss) Liverpool University.