28th October 2010
His Excellency Monsignor Alberto Bottari De Castello
Apostolic Nunciature in Japan
9-2 Sanbancho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo
I thank you very much for your warm letter of 20th, October 2010. Now I am enjoying the beautiful Japanese autumn.
As for the statement of “The Archbishop does not permit it.", the reason of misunderstanding was clarified after a conversation with Rev. Fr. Domenico Vitali. His “it” pointed the Tridentine Mass that I attend every morning now. But I thought “it” meant the Tridentine Mass offered in St. Ignatius Church. So, Fr. Vitali did not say “The Archbishop does not permit the Tridentine Mass in St. Ignatius Church.", but he said “The Archbishop does not permit the Tridentine Mass you attend now."
Certainly, the Tridentine Mass which I attend, offered by Fr. Akito Nariai in his apartment is not permitted by the Archbishop. Fr. Nariai has been practically kicked out of his Kagoshima Diocese ten years ago and now lives in Tokyo. He has been told by Bishop Kenjiro Koriyama to celebrate Mass alone responding to Archbishop Takeo Okada's complaint. Fr. Nariai often says “Don't come here.” to faithfuls, but they disregard his request.
Now we are on good terms with Novus Ordo people and, of course, will be in the future.
We humbly ask your holiness your blessings.
Sincerely yours in Christ,