Friday, 18 May 2018

Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, RIP


Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos died yesterday. He deserves our prayers.

He was President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei over the period of the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum, obviously a very important time for those attached to the Traditional Mass.

In the photograph above, he is blessing delegates at the Foederatio Universalis Una Voce during the General Assembly of 2013; below, he is celebrating Mass (Pontifical Low) for them in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of St Peter's in Rome in 2011. That was the first time a Cardinal has celebrated the ancient Mass in St Peters since the liturgical reform.

There is an obituary of him on Rorate Caeli.


Thursday, 1 March 2018


Artist: Giovanni del Biondo, fl. 1356-1399
Pope Benedict XVI foresaw the inclusion of new saints in the calendar of the Extraordinary Form. This does not imply that this Form will cease to have a distinct calendar; calendrical differences have always been a feature of the Church’s liturgy. The EF Sanctoral Cycle is distinctive in having a greater number of feasts than that of the Ordinary Form; of including a large number of very ancient saints; and of commemorating the miraculous. In these ways it reflects the spirit of the Form as a whole, manifested both in its proper and its ordinary texts. Here we find a concern with the intercession, rather than of the example, of the saints, and for continuity, which the ancient saints in particular exemplify. When looking to create room for more recent saints to be included, it can be asked if the more modern saints of the 1960 calendar could more appropriately be included in local calendars, than in the Universal calendar. . . . . . . . .

The 33rd in the FIUV Position Papers series, called The Sanctoral Cycle of the Extraordinary Form is now available in the FIUV Positio section.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Gregorius Magnus, issue 4

The FIUV is now reviving the publication of its magazine, Gregorius Magnus, which can be downloaded here. (See also the webpage maintained by Una Voce Russia for the past issues).

The 4th issue of Gregorius Magnus (February 2018) is 24 pages about:

• Position Paper 32: The Extraordinary Form and Islam
• UV General Assembly in Rome, Nov 2017
• Book Review: History of the FIUV
• Irish Abortion Referendum
• Una Voce in England, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Nigeria

Monday, 18 December 2017


The propaganda magazine of the Islamic State (ISIS), Dabiq, published this typical photo from a Traditional Latin Mass as an example of what they call 'Christian disbelief and paganism' in an article titled 'Why we hate you and why we fight you'

In the West as well as in countries of Islamic heritage, engagement with Islam is a practical reality for many Catholics. Secular liberalism and Evangelical Protestantism criticise Islam in part for what it has in common with Catholicism. As Pope Benedict observed, ‘A reason which is deaf to the divine and which relegates religion into the realm of subcultures is incapable of entering into the dialogue of cultures.’ In terms of religious culture, the use of a sacred language, ritual, and chant, and the appeal of aestheticism specifically to men, gives the ancient Latin liturgical tradition, and its associated spirituality, a similar area of common ground with Islam to that enjoyed by the ancient churches of the East. . . . . . . .

The 32nd in the FIUV Position Papers series, called The Extraordinary Form and Islam is now available in the FIUV Positio section.

Saturday, 18 November 2017


Temptation of Christ by Vasily Surikov
Pope St John Paul II noted that the New Age Movement rejects a ‘rationalistic religiosity’, and for this reason its adherents can find attractive the mystery, ritual, chant, of the Extraordinary Form, and its incarnational character. The Extraordinary Form can in turn help to free those attracted by the New Age from Pelagianism, by its consistent stress on our need for grace; from their spiritual subjectivism, by its objectivity; and from any connections with the Occult, by its evident spiritual power. The potential attraction of the ancient liturgy for New Age adherents is also suggested by the many converts to the Faith from the ‘decadent’ Romanticism of the late 10th century, and from Hermeticism, both precursor movements of the New Age. . . . . . .

The 31st in the FIUV Position Papers series, called The Extraordinary Form and New Age is now available in the FIUV Positio section.

Friday, 15 September 2017

General Assembly 2017: Officers and Council

Today the FIUV closed meeting elected or confirmed the following Officers and Council

President: Felipe Alanís Suárez  (Una Voce México)

President d'Honneur: Professor Count Neri Capponi; Jacques Dhaussy (Una Voce France)

Vice Presidents: Patrick Banken (Una Voce France)
Jack Oostveen (Ecclesia Dei Delft, The Netherlands)

Secretary: Joseph Shaw (Latin Mass Society, England and Wales)

Treasurer: Monika Rheinschmitt (Pro Missa Tridentina, Germany)

Oleg-Michael Martynov (Una Voce Russia)
Jarosław Syrkiewicz (Una Voce Polonia)
Derik Castillo (Una Voce México)
Andris Amolins (Una Voce Latvija)
Eduardo Colón (Una Voce Puerto Rico)
Fabio Marino (Una Voce Italia)
Egons Morales Piña (Una Voce Casablanca, Chile)