On Saturday 14th June 2008, at the invitation of the Latin Mass Society, Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, celebrated a Pontifical High Mass at the Throne in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Rite) in Westminster Cathedral.
It was the first time since the liturgical changes of 1969 that a Cardinal had celebrated the Extraordinary Form in Westminster Cathedral.
The congregation included large numbers of young people and families and Cardinal Castrillón and during the Mass, a message of welcome from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor was read out and the Westminster Cathedral choir sang Palestrina’s Missa Sacerdos et Pontifex.
During his Homily, Cardinal Castrillón told the congregation: “The Holy See is mindful of your love of the Extraordinary Form…My visit today and my celebration of this Pontifical Mass in the Classical Roman Rite is an indication of my personal support for your worthy aims and of the desire also of the Holy See to identify with them.”
A spokesman Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said:
“Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor was pleased to offer a warm welcome to Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei) on his visit to Westminster Cathedral. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos said he was personally very grateful for the Cardinal’s welcome and for the opportunity to celebrate the Pontifical High Mass at the Cathedral.
“They had a private conversation at which Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos expressed his gratitude for the generous way in which the Bishops of England & Wales had exercised the indult given to them by Pope Paul VI and for their reception of the recent Motu Proprio.
“The Bishops will always endeavour to be faithful to the requests of the Holy Father with regards to the Motu Proprio.”