Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Mass for Ebola victims in London

A recent Sung Mass in the historic church of Corpus Christi Maiden Lane, London, UK, where Sung Mass in the traditional Roman rite is celebrated every Monday evening and on feast days

The Feoderatio Internationalis Una Voce (International Una Voce Federation, FIUV) has had an appeal from Una Voce South Africa, on behalf of all our African friends, that where possible Processions, Litanies, and Votive Masses be said for the victims of the Ebola epidemic which is ravaging many parts of Africa.

In response, the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, in conjunction with the International Una Voce Federation, is arranging Litanies of the Saints and a Sung Votive Mass 'in Time of Pestilence' at 6.30pm on Monday 16th February 2015 (feria before Shrove Tuesday) at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, London (click for a map) to be celebrated by Rev Fr Patrick Hayward OSA.

The FIUV calls on all its members and supporters to take up this example, at this time of suffering.

Monday, 26 January 2015

FIUV Delegation to the Holy See - November 2014

Colonel James Bogle, the President of the International Una Voce Federation (FIUV), meets Pope Francis, at a General Audience on 26 November 2014, and hands him a report on young people and the traditional Roman rite

The President of the International Una Voce Federation (FIUV), Colonel James Bogle, at a General Audience on Wednesday 26 November 2014, handed to Pope Francis a report, in Spanish, on the growth of involvement of young people in the traditional Roman rite since the decree of Pope Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum.

Mr Bogle headed the FIUV Delegation to the Holy See to meet with the Holy Father and with senior prelates and cardinals to report on the work of FIUV and to request continuing support for the traditional Roman rite world-wide.

The Delegation consisted of:

Colonel James Bogle, the President
Dr the Honourable Joseph Shaw, the Treasurer
Monsieur Paul Fournier, the Membership Secretary
Mr Leo Darroch, Council member and Past President
The Delegation met with the following Roman prelates:

  • His Eminence, George, Cardinal Pell, Cardinal-Prefect of he Economic Secretariat of the Holy See
  • His Eminence Raymond, Cardinal Burke, former President of the Apostolic Signatura and Cardinal-Patron of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Malta
  • His Eminence Dario, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, former President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission
  • His Grace the Most Reverend Guido, Archbishop Pozzo, President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission

The President with his Eminence Raymond, Cardinal Burke during the Delegation visit

  • The Very Reverend Monsignor Mark Miles, prelate of the English Section of the Secretariat of State
  • The Very Reverend Monsignor Richard Soseman, prelate of the Congregation for the Clergy

US President Obama with the Holy Father and (at right) the Very Rev Msgr Mark Miles of the Secretariat of State

The Delegation met and later dined with:

  • His Most Eminent Highness Fra' Matthew Festing, the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta

They also met:

  • His Excellency Mr Ambassador John McCarthy QC KSG, Her Majesty's Australian Ambassador to the Holy See


  • The Reverend Dom Dr Alcuin Reid OSB
  • The Reverend Andrew Southwell
  • Il Signore Professore Roberto, Barone di Mattei
  • La Signora Virginia, Marchesa di Coda-Nunziante
  • Dr Fabio Bernabei
  • Dr Alberto Carosa
  • Monsieur Guillaume Ferluc, President of the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage Committee

and various clergy and seminarians from Roman Colleges and institutes and various journalists.

Delegation members also attended the book launch of the proceedings of the Sacra Liturgia Conference 2013, in the presence of HE Cardinal Burke, HE Cardinal Sara, and HE Cardinal Brandmuller.

HE Cardinal Sarah was, that week, appointed Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

The Delegation was not able to arrange a meeting with Cardinal Sarah at such short notice but nevertheless was able to present a letter to his Eminence at the offices of the Congregation.

The Delegation also visisted the Aventine Palace of the Knights of Malta as a possible venue for future events of the Federation.

The Delegation also began preparations for the General Assembly 2015 which will be held in late October 2015 in Rome. Further details of the General Assembly 2015 will be forthcoming in due course. Members are, in the meantime, asked to mark their diaries accordingly.

The visit of the Delegation was highly successful in re-establishing contacts in the Holy See and members of the Delelgation were well received at all levels and by all.

The President and Delegation with his Eminence Raymond, Cardinal Burke

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Monday, 19 January 2015


Because of the unique recent history of the Catholic Church in China, the Extraordinary Form has continued to be said alongside the Ordinary Form. The paper argues that the affinity between classical Chinese culture, and notably Confucianism, and the Faith, continues to be relevant in the context of the Extraordinary Form, as the values of continuity, discipline and respect for the sacred continue to be valued, and needed, in the China of today. The Extraordinary Form is moreover helpful in many of the difficulties facing the Church in China today, including linguistic pluralism, poor catechesis, and liturgical indiscipline. . . . . .

The 23rd in the FIUV Position Papers series, called The Extraordinary Form and China is now available in the FIUV Positio section.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


The Apostolic custom of headcoverings for women is maintained by many Catholics attached to the Extraordinary Form. St Paul laid down that women should cover their heads, and men uncover them, and explained this in terms of his analogy between the relationship between bridegroom and bride, and between Christ and the Church. As Pope St John Paul II taught, female members of the Church represent the Church in a particular way; thus they represent the bride, veiled, both as a symbol of obedience and sacredness. Appendices examine the claim that the custom of the primitive Church was taken from other cultures, and the experience of women recovering the tradition of head coverings today. . . . . .

The 22nd in the FIUV Position Papers series, called Headcoverings in Church in the Extraordinary Form is now available in the FIUV Positio section.

Monday, 17 November 2014


Saint Josaphat Kuntsevych, O.S.B.M.
(c. 1580 – 12 November 1623)
Since Pope Leo XIII’s important encyclical Orientalium dignitas in 1894 the policy of the Holy See has been consistent and emphatic, that the liturgical rites of the ancient Oriental Churches are worthy of the utmost veneration, and among those churches in communion with the Holy See they should be protected from undue Latin influence and restored in accordance with their own traditions. This was emphasised by the Second Vatican Council and Pope St John Paul II. This policy is, however, undermined by those exaggerated critiques of the liturgical traditions of the Latin Church which dismiss elements which the Latin and Oriental liturgical traditions have in common, such as worship ad orientem and the use of silent prayer, a contemplative manner of liturgical participation, and respect for liturgical tradition. The establishment of the Extraordinary Form as part of the normal liturgical life of the Latin Church is a necessary step towards a practical attitude of reverence towards the traditions of the Oriental Churches. . . . .

The 21st in the FIUV Position Papers series, called The Extraordinary Form and the Eastern Churches is now available in the FIUV Positio section.