The purpose of this blog is to provide an open forum for discussion of the aims of the society; news from the wider Church and details of Masses and events of interest in the diocese. The Latin Mass Society in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough expresses its full filial devotion and loyalty to Holy Mother Church, Pope Francis and Bishop Drainey.


12 Noon. Every Sunday Missa Cantata
York Oratory (
Church of St Wilfrid)
Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

8:15am Monday-Friday
9:15am Saturday

Feast Days (as advertised) usually at 6pm.

Church of St Andrew, Fabian Road, Teesville. TS6 9BA

3pm Sunday.

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel
119 Cottingham Road, Hull. HU5 2DH
7.30pm Every Thursday. Low Mass.


4pm. Every Sunday
York Oratory (
Church of St Wilfrid)
Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

Compline and Vespers (as advertised)
(see link to the Rudgate Singers Calendar below)
St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior. YO1 6EN

01 September 2022

"More Protestant than Catholic"

The newly elevated Cardinal Roche, formerly Bishop of Leeds, but now Prefect of the Dicastery for  Devine Worship and the Sacraments, has given an interview to The Tablet.  In it, he describes supporters of the older form of the Mass as "stubbornly opposing" the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.  He says that these people are "putting themselves to the edges of the Church" and "becoming more Protestant than Catholic".

These statements have met with both derision and amusement throughout the traditionalist world.  To many it seems incredible that the Cardinal can describe those who align themselves with the form of the Mass that has been prevalent throughout most of the history of the Church as Protestant, when compared with those who prefer the newer form that has existed for merely 60 years.  Does Cardinal Roche not understand that the reforms that followed Vatican II were designed to make the Mass more closely resemble the Protestant liturgies?  


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