Fiercely committed to the Latin Mass that Roman Catholic elders seemingly want to quash, more than 100 traditional Catholics in the Washington DC area defied a heavy downpour of rain Saturday to make a five-mile march in favor of the form of worship they love.
The second such event in a year, “The National Summorum Pontificum [The late Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 apostolic letter addressing the celebration of the Latin Mass] Pilgrimage for the Restoration of the Latin Mass” began at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia, and concluded five miles away at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.
“And it’s nothing short of amazing that people would be standing in the rain for hours just to show their support for a particular form of worship,” Noah Peters, attorney and principal organizer of the pilgrimage, told Newsmax, “With Pope Francis and [Washington DC] Cardinal [Wilton] Gregory clearly making more of an effort to restrict the [Latin] Mass, you’re seeing more pushback against this by the faithful — and especially young people who did not grow up with Latin in the [Catholic] Church.”
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