• On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued his Apostolic
Letter, Motu Proprio, Summorum
Pontificum. This letter approves the use of the Roman
Catholic Mass according to the tradtional Latin
rite, and clarifies that this traditional form of the Mass
was never abbrogated by the Church. All of the Roman Catholic
Masses which are offered within the Order follow the traditional
Latin rite, the 'extraordinary expression of the 'Lex
orandi', that is
spoken of by Pope Benedict XVI in his letter. Such is the tradition
of the Roman Catholic liturgy within the Order.
An updated history
of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem which focuses
on the history from the loss of Malta to the current time has
been assembled, and is available for viewing.