New Catholic Tridentine Rite Good Friday Prayer

On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued instructions to relax existing restrictions on the celebration of the Catholic Mass according to the Rite of the Council of Trent (the Tridentine rite). This would make it easier for existing Catholic groups that preferred that Rite, for some because it is conducted in Latin, to celebrate the Mass according to its rubrics. This raised questions relevant to Catholic-Jewish relations, especially about the status of the General Intercession for the Jewish people that is prayed on Good Friday. The last version of that prayer, from 1962, was quite different in tone and content from the 1970 version in the ordinary rite, prayed by the vast majority of Catholics around the world. In response to these questions, the Pope composed a new prayer for use only in the extraordinary Tridentine rite. He offered no interpretation of the prayer, sparking considerable debate about its meaning and implications.

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1 Interview Question on the Tridentine Rite Good Friday Prayer October-15-2010 Pope Benedict XVI
2 "Italy Resumes the Day of Jewish-Christian Reflection" September-22-2009
3 Letter from the Secretary of State of the Holy See to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel May-14-2008 Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
4 Interview: Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos May-08-2008 Vittoria Prisciandaro
5 "Striving for Mutual Respect in Modes of Prayer" April-16-2008 Walter Kasper
6 "Unending Tension Is Not Possible" April-06-2008 Karl Lehmann
7 Communiqué from the Vatican Secretariat of State April-04-2008 Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
8 ADL Says Vatican Statement Does Not Allay Jewish Concerns About Conversion Prayer April-04-2008 Anti-Defamation League
9 "Judaism's Way to Salvation" March-29-2008 Christoph Schönborn
10 Petition: Regarding the "Prayer for the Jews" March-25-2008 various authors
11 "Leading German Rabbi Condemns Pope's Good Friday Prayer" March-21-2008 Spiegel Online
12 Bertone and Di Segni on reciprocity and censorship March-09-2008 Il Messaggero
13 Opinion: "Don't Tell Catholics What They Believe" March-05-2008 John T. Pawlikowski
14 "A New Burden on Christian-Jewish Relations" February-29-2008 Central Committee of German Catholics: Discussion Group "Jews and Christians"
15 Opinion: "Catholics Have a Right To Pray for Us" February-28-2008 Jacob Neusner
16 Letter from Cardinal William Keeler to the ADL on Cardinal George's Remarks on Reciprocity February-15-2008 William H. Keeler
17 Letter from Cardinal Kasper to the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) February-13-2008 Walter Kasper
18 "Catholics, Jews and the Tridentine Rite" February-13-2008 Edward Kessler
19 "Praying for the Jews" February-08-2008 David Berger
20 NY Times: "Pope's Rewrite of Latin Prayer Draws Criticism From 2 Sides" February-06-2008 Ian Fisher
21 Statement of Most Reverend Richard J. Sklba February-06-2008 Richard J. Sklba
22 Communiqué of the Rabbinical Assembly of Italy February-06-2008 Rabbinical Assembly of Italy
23 New Tridentine Rite Good Friday Prayer for Jews February-05-2008 Benedict XVI
24 ADL: Prayer for Conversion of Jews Remains Troubling Despite Vatican Changes February-05-2008 Anti-Defamation League
25 AJC Disappointed by New Latin "Prayer for the Jews" February-05-2008 American Jewish Commitee
26 AJC Welcomes Vatican Clarification on Latin Liturgy January-20-2008 American Jewish Committee
27 "The old Missal is going to be changed: A text 'nearer' to the Jews has been prepared" January-19-2008 Andrea Tornielli
28 "Vatican faces ticking clock on prayer for conversion of Jews" January-09-2008 John L. Allen, Jr.
29 Tablet: "Vatican to clarify motu proprio soon" November-17-2007 Alessandro Speciale and Abigail Frymann
30 Interview: Cardinal George on Good Friday Prayer and Jesus in the Talmud October-05-2007 John L. Allen, Jr.
31 Reuters: "Vatican: We May Drop Revived Prayer Offensive to Jews" July-18-2007 Reuters