Thursday, August 1, 2013

Petition to Support the Franciscans of the Immaculata

Edit: this just in which we found on Messa in Latino regarding the Franciscan Friars if the Immaculata. Here's a slight google translation with some editing. You can go to the main site and send an e-mail using Corispondenza Roma. Thanks. Please let us know in the comments if you've signed it. Hopefully it will embolden others to do so.

In support of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and the traditional Mass

Dear friend,

on July 11, the Congregation for Religious has "police" the institution of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, forcing them to abandon the traditional Mass, which they celebrate freely, according to a universal law of the Church, never repealed and confirmed by the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI on 7 July 2007.

In the canon 212 of the Code of Canon Law currently in force states that the faithful "...have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ's faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals." In the light of this canon, and what forces the sensus fidei of every baptized person, I feel obliged to send an open letter to His Eminence Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life. If you share my concerns, I thank you if you will join this initiative, addressing the message shown in the window below.

Pressing the button below you will be able to send its message directly to the Prefect of the Congregation [in Italian] and, for information, to the Secretary of the Congregation, Archbishop José Rodriguez Carballo, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Vice President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia and the appointed Commissioner, Father Fidenzio Volpi, OFM Cap.

Do not forget to sign the letter with your name, with your e-mail address.

Thank you to join this initiative, promoted for the greater good of the Church and of souls.

With esteem and friendship,

Roberto de Mattei

Link to the petition which you can send already in Italian to the concerned Prelates in authority, here.

The Letter as Follows:

A sua Eminenza Rev.ma  Card. João Braz de Aviz
Your Eminence,

The decree of July 11th 2013, signed by you, by which the Franciscans of the Immaculate have been “commissioned” and forbidden to celebrate the Mass according to the ancient Roman rite, constitutes an unjust act in regard to this religious Institute, whose honour it diminishes, but above all it represents a violation of the universal laws of the Church, in particular of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of July 7th 2007 of Benedict XVI, which has never been abrogated and which grants, to every priest, the freedom to celebrate the Mass according to the “extraordinary” form.  This objective lesion of the right cannot but concern all those who believe and love the liturgical tradition of the Church and, also in the same spirit, who fight in defence of life, of the family, of the pontifical Magisterium and of Christian Civilisation.  
The canonical law gives me the authority to express, in a respectful manner, my sorrowful perturbation, my strong protest and my vibrant appeal so that every obstacle to the free celebration of the traditional Mass for every priest may be removed and that the Franciscans of the Immaculate may continue their precious apostolate which has done so much good and will still do so for souls.

Yours respectfully in Christ

18 comments:

A Catholic Comes Home said...

Done.

Elizabeth said...

Done.

Chris ZA said...

Done

Anonymous said...

I have signed and sent.

G.C. said...

Two from this house...signed and sent.

P. F. Hawkins said...

Signed and sent.

For non-Italian speakers, I recommend using google translate to figure out just what each field in the form means. It helped me immensely, although it doesn't seem to know the difference between first and last name.

Anonymous said...

Signed and sent.

JLM

Gratias said...

Thank you Tancred and Prof. De Mattei.

Sent.

Gratias

Anonymous said...

Done!From California :)

Anonymous said...

Whatever one thinks about this is besides the point, the Franciscans take a vow of obedience and when Holy Mother Church orders them to do something, they do it (pleasantly or painfully)....a petition like this against a papal decision shows no moral "support" for the Friars....that would come through prayers for all concerned....

Anonymous said...


You are in error. Their first obedience...and yours...is to God. Now, to the issue at hand...Denying this Order (and the entire Church) of what has been given them by God and guarded by faithful popes is a matter of deadly consequence. That injustice was corrected (in part) by Benedict XVI and by solemn papal order was made that it is not to be denied ANY of us. Additionally, exclusive use of the Traditional Mass was also given to this order lawfully and justly. To remove it now is the equivalent of the federal government breaking a treaty with the Indians.

It was FORMALLY forbidden by Pope Pius V (if I'm not mistaken) that the Liturgy is never to be tampered with. This was ignored by Paul VI. Talk about going against a papal decision! Also against direct and formal orders of holy popes was the removal of the Oath Against Modernism and the Devil's Advocate. You can see the fruits of the disobedience of the popes who went against the explicit orders of their predecessors.

So if you are going to start whining about disobedience against a pope you can start with every pope since saintly Pope Pius XII. And don't leave anyone out.



Lynda said...

Is there an English translation?

Tancred said...

There is an English option now. Probably a google-translate: A sua Eminenza Rev.ma Card. João Braz de Aviz

Your Eminence,

The decree of July 11th 2013, signed by you, by which the Franciscans of the Immaculate have been “commissioned” and forbidden to celebrate the Mass according to the ancient Roman rite, constitutes an unjust act in regard to this religious Institute, whose honour it diminishes, but above all it represents a violation of the universal laws of the Church, in particular of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of July 7th 2007 of Benedict XVI, which has never been abrogated and which grants, to every priest, the freedom to celebrate the Mass according to the “extraordinary” form. This objective lesion of the right cannot but concern all those who believe and love the liturgical tradition of the Church and, also in the same spirit, who fight in defence of life, of the family, of the pontifical Magisterium and of Christian Civilisation.

The canonical law gives me the authority to express, in a respectful manner, my sorrowful perturbation, my strong protest and my vibrant appeal so that every obstacle to the free celebration of the traditional Mass for every priest may be removed and that the Franciscans of the Immaculate may continue their precious apostolate which has done so much good and will still do so for souls.

Yours respectfully in Christ

Anonymous said...

"Additionally, exclusive use of the Traditional Mass was also given to this order lawfully and justly."

- that is not what I understand of the situation.....


The Traditional Mass, as I understand the decree, was not DENIED them in the strict sense, but only that they are to "apply for permissions" in a more formal way...and until that permission is sought, then they are to celebrate the Novus Ordo....I could be wrong, but that is my understanding from reading the blogs, etc.

Tancred said...

It still violates existing legislation.

Anonymous said...

Summorum Pontificum, if that is the "existing legislation" you refer to, states :

"If an individual community or an entire Institute or Society wishes to undertake such celebrations often, habitually or permanently, the decision must be taken by the Superiors Major, in accordance with the law and following their own specific decrees and statues."

I heard that the Traditional Mass (for the FFI) was implemented in a wide-scale way that was not following the statutes of the FFI.
I am not too knowledgable about the whole situation, but it just seems that people are mis-construing the fine points and making them into the major problems that they are not.

There, I've had my say.

Tancred said...

It's a good thing they weren't offering clown liturgies!

Anonymous said...

Pope Benedict freed the Mass of ALL TIME and your action seems
to try to undo this. This to me is UNJUST.