The British Catholic publication, The Tablet, reported today that the supposed “ecumenical Mass” which Vaticanologist Marco Tosatti described as being secretly in preparation, is fake news.
The Vatican has strongly denied reports that a commission has been established examining the possibility of a setting up an “ecumenical Mass” which would allow Catholics and Protestants to celebrate a shared Eucharist.
Archbishop Arthur Roche, the number two official at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, told The Tablet that reports of a joint Mass were “utterly false” while Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, described them as “simply untrue.”
A report in First Things quoted anonymous sources saying that Archbishop Roche and Archbishop Piero Marini – the former Master of Ceremonies for John Paul II – were both involved in the commission while the Prefect of the congregation, Cardinal Robert Sarah, whose views on the liturgy have sometimes clashed with Pope Francis’, had not been informed. The First Things story was later followed up in The Australian who put the claims of a possible joint Mass to the Vatican but did not receive a response.
Tosatti first publicized the “ecumenical Mass” story as a rumor in March 2017, but his recent repetition of the false tale as fact in First Things apparently triggered the strong and unambiguous response by Archbishop Roche and Mr. Burke.