Bishop Slattery To Say Washington Mass

Washington, D.C. – Okla. bishop to celebrate Latin Mass after uproar

WASHINGTON (AP) A Roman Catholic bishop from Oklahoma will celebrate a special Latin Mass in Washington on Saturday after a Vatican cardinal pulled out following criticism by advocates for abuse victims.

The Paulus Institute, which is organizing the Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception says Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Okla., has agreed to participate.

The institute announced Wednesday that it was looking for another celebrant to replace Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests objected to Castrillon Hoyos because of a 2001 letter he wrote congratulating a French bishop for shielding a priest convicted of raping minors.

The Paulus Institute says Cardinal William Baum, former archbishop of Washington, will attend.