Death of Pope Benedict XVI
Statement from ALMS on the Death of Benedict XVI
Today, December 31, 2022, our beloved Pope Benedict XVI has gone to his eternal reward. The Arlington Latin Mass Society, in solidarity and unity with all the Catholics of the Diocese of Arlington and the whole world, take up our first duty: to pray for the repose of his soul. We will filially endeavor to follow the call of Bishop Burbidge to do this most fervently and piously.
Alongside that happy duty, we reflect upon Pope Benedict’s vital importance to our diocese, particularly the thousands of Catholics here attached to the traditional Mass and sacraments. In promulgating the 2007 motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict allowed the traditional Roman Rite to flourish in the Arlington diocese, resulting in more locations for the traditional Mass per capita than any other diocese in the world.
The traditional Mass and sacraments, overwhelmingly attended by younger Catholics and young Catholic families, led to a renaissance of the faith in Northern Virginia, and a cause behind which to stand during the current lamentable restrictions.
We lovingly place the soul of Pope Benedict in the merciful hands of the God he spent his life faithfully serving as a humble gardener in the Father’s vineyard. May Our Lady lead him to paradise, may the angels rejoice at his coming, and may he hear the words "well done, good and faithful servant, come into my rest."