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On July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued a bombshell decree restricting the pre-Vatican II Mass. It's called “Traditionis Custodes” or, in English, “Guardians of the tradition.” It overrides and reverses a 2007 decree from Pope Benedict that made generous accommodations for its use across the Catholic Church. Why did Francis reverse course? What does this mean for the Catholics who celebrate the pre-Vatican II Mass? And how will this decision affect the all-important unity of the Catholic Church? Colleen Dulle, host of America Media's "Inside the Vatican" podcast breaks it all down.

Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, N.C., blesses the chapel inside the new St. Joseph College Seminary near Mount Holly, N.C., Sept. 15, 2020. Bishop Jugis has been a supporter of the Latin Mass in his diocese (CNS photo/SueAnn Howell, Catholic News Herald)
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