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I am old enough to remember life in the Church pre Vatican II.

In those days, we had altar rails and a pulpit in my parish church.

Holy Communion was distributed only by priests. When I went to receive Holy Communion, I knelt down at the altar rails and received on my tongue.

There are not so many priests now in my diocese of Down and Connor… not so many ordinations… not so many attending the Holy Sacrifice of Mass.

Although Pope John Paul II said that those who prefer the Tridentine Mass should be shown respect and accommodated, and my Bishop gave permission, the Tridentine Mass is not celebrated in Belfast.

But I suppose I shouldn’t forget that Pope Paul VI said the “the smoke of Satan has entered the Church.”