Bobby asked:

I just moved to a new area and I was looking for a parish. Some advertise themselves as traditional Catholic churches and some do not. What's the difference?

Archbishop Alexander Sample replied:

"I don't think you can make a blanket statement what exactly is meant when a parish chooses to classify itself as a traditional Catholic parish. I would be very wary and careful because some of the classifications of a traditional Catholic parish may in fact be a parish that is not in full communion with the Holy Father with the Holy See. It could be associated with the movement, with Archbishop Lefebvre [Editor's note: He founded the Saint Pius the X group] and the followers there. So they could be not in full communion with the Church and that's why they're particularly and deliberately advertising themselves as a traditional Catholic church because they follow the traditional liturgy, what we call the extraordinary form, the missal before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. But they would also in following those traditional forms not be in full communion with the Holy Father and not fully embrace all of the teachings that came from the council as well."

Editor's note: Contact your local diocesan chancery for Catholic churches who are in full communion with the Holy See.


Catholic Answers, "Getting the Liturgy Right" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: October 4, 2013

Name of show: Getting the Liturgy Right

Guest comments by: Archbishop Alexander Sample

Question appeared in show: 48:27

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