Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cañizares Llovera to celebrate Tridentine Solemn Pontifical Mass in St. Peter's

This notice concerns the Pilgrimage to Rome, and the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on the afternoon of Saturday 3 November to be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Cañizares Llovera. Official website.

To help the pilgrims during their stay in Rome our FIUV Secretary, Thomas Murphy, has arranged additional services for Thursday 1 November and Friday 2 November. The events listed for Saturday 3 November have been arranged by the official pilgrimage organisers.

The conference on the Saturday evening has been arranged by the Centro Culturale Lepanto of Rome. Most of these talks will be in Italian.

The Masses on 4th November are the usual traditional form Masses available in Rome on Sunday.

The full programme is shown below. We hope that our members travelling to Rome for this pilgrimage will find this information helpful.

The site with a street map of Rome may be helpful

In Domino,

Leo Darroch.

President - Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce.


All those participating in the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce Pilgrimage to Rome are encouraged to attend the following:

Thursday, 1st November - Feast of All Saints
Friday, 2nd November - Feast of All Souls
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
    • Time: 11.00 hrs
    • Location: Church of Sant'Agata dei Goti, Via Mazzarino, 16 - 00184, Rome
    • Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Fr. John Hunwicke
  • Traditional Evening Devotions including the Holy Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
    • Time: 17.00 hrs
    • Location: Church of Sant'Agata dei Goti, Via Mazzarino, 16 - 00184, Rome
    • Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Fr. John Hunwicke
Saturday, 3rd November
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  •  Procession from Church of San Salvatore in Lauro to Saint Peter's Basilica 
    • Time: 13.15 hrs
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite 
    • Time: 15.00 hrs
    • Location: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro - 00193 Rome
    • Celebrant: His Eminence, Antonio, Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
  • 'Having Lived in Expectation of Summorum Pontificum'
    A Conference to honour the lives of H.E., Alfons, Cardinal Stickler (1910-2007) and Mr. Michael Davies (1936-2004) 
    • Time: 17.30 hrs
    • Location: Centro Russia Exumenica, Borgo Pio, 141 - 00196, Rome
    • Chairman: Fabio Bernabei, President of the Centro Culturale Lepanto of Rome
    • Speakers: Leo Darroch, President of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce
    • Mons. Ignacio Barreiro Carambula, Director of the Roman Bureau of Human Life International
    • Thomas Murphy, Secretary of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce
Sunday, 4th November - XXIII Sunday after Pentecost
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
    • Time: 10.30 hrs
    • Location: Oratory of the Beata Vergine Maria Annunziata in Borgo, Luntotevere Vaticano, 1 - 00193, Rome
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
    • Time: 09.00 hrs, 10.30 hrs, 18.30 hrs
    • Location: Church of SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini, Via dei Pettinari 36/A - 00186 Roma

Flash News: Bishop Williamson expelled from SSPX

Communiqué of the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X (24 October 2012)

Bishop Richard Williamson, having distanced himself from the management and the government of the SSPX for several years, and refusing to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors, was declared excluded from the SSPX by decision of the Superior General and its Council, on 4 October 2012. A final deadline had been granted to him to declare his submission, after which he announced the publication of an “open letter” asking the Superior General to resign.

This painful decision has become necessary by concern for the common good of the Society of Saint Pius X and its good government, according to what Archbishop Lefebvre denounced: “This is the destruction of authority. How authority can be exercised if it needs to ask all members to participate in the exercise of authority?“(Ecône, 29 June 1987)

Menzingen, 24 October 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dialogue Mass

Tridentine Mass held in St. Paul's Bay, Malta
A Dialogue Mass (Missa dialogata or Missa recitata) is a Tridentine Mass in which the people recite some parts of the Latin text.

The Dialogue Mass was introduced by Pope Saint Pius X. He made a strong plea for active lay participation in the liturgy decades before the Second Vatican Council.

In November 1922, the Holy See's Sacred Congregation of the Council gave approval to the practice whereby "at least in religious houses and institutions for youth, all people assisting at the Mass make the responses at the same time with the acolytes", a practice that it declared praiseworthy in view of the evident desire expressed in papal documents "to instil into the souls of the faithful a truly Christian and collective spirit, and prepare them for active participation." Further approval was granted by the Sacred Congregation of Rites on 30 November 1935, and on 3 September 1958.

The Dialogue Mass never became popular in English-speaking countries, and current celebrations of Tridentine Mass in these countries are rarely structured as a Dialogue Mass. In other countries, especially in continental Europe, the Dialogue Mass met with a greater acceptance and, at times, is the almost exclusive version of the Low Mass.
Since the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum, most of the Tridentine Masses in Malta were Dialogue Masses. This means therefore that people join with the altar servers in reciting the responses. In addition, the people are allowed to recite those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass that are sung by all at a Missa Cantata namely the Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. They also are allowed to recite with the priest the triple Domine non sum dignus that he said as part of the rite of Communion of the faithful.
Therefore when people attend Tridentine Mass in Malta or abroad, it is useful to know beforehand whether the Mass will be a Dialogue one or not to avoid misunderstandings.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Church is in for a lot of welcome surprises


Like all Catholic faithful in Malta, Pro Tridentina (Malta) wishes all the best to Mgr Charles J. Scicluna, Auxiliary Bishop elect, in his new challenge in our Archdiocese. We trust that he will do an excellent job, like what he is doing in the Vatican.  

Soon after Cardinal Ratzinger's election as Pope Benedict XVI, Mgr Scicluna had said "The Church is in for a lot of welcome surprises". May similar welcome surprises happen in Malta.

Short biography (courtesy The Church in Malta)

Mgr Charles J. Scicluna was born of Emanuel and Maria Carmela née Falzon in Toronto, Canada, on 15 May 1959.  The Scicluna family moved to Qormi, Malta, in 1960 and to Lija, Malta, in 1976. Mgr Scicluna was educated at Saint Sebastian Primary School, Qormi, at the Saint Joseph Secondary Technical School, Paola, and at Saint Edward’s College, Cottonera.  He entered the Law Course at the University of Malta in 1976 and he graduated Doctor of Laws in 1984.  

After completing his Seminary studies and a Licentiate in Pastoral Theology at the Faculty of Theology, Tal-Virtù, he was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood by the Archbishop of Malta, Monsignor Joseph Mercieca, on 11 July 1986.  Monsignor Scicluna was sent to read Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and obtained the doctorate in Canon Law with specialization in Jurisprudence in 1991.  

After his Rome studies Mgr Scicluna worked on the Malta Metropolitan Tribunal as Defender of the Bond and was lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Canon Law at the University of Malta.  He served in the parishes of Attard, Saint Gregory’s Sliema and Iklin, Lija. He also served as Vice Rector at the Major Seminary between 1994 and 1995 when he was called to the Vatican to work on the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura as Substitute Promoter of Justice.  

In 1996 he was appointed Postulator for the cause of beatification and canonization of Dun Ġorġ Preca. In October 2002, Monsignor Scicluna was nominated Promoter of Justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith detailed to investigate and prosecute the more grave crimes reserved to the exclusive competence of the Congregation. He  has also lectured widely on issues concerning child protection in the Church, visiting a number of local churches in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australia. Mgr Scicluna is a Visiting Lecturer in Penal Processes at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and helps with chaplaincy work at the Convent of the Nuns of Saint Bridget, Piazza Farnese, and at the Venerable English College in Rome.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Policy Statement on the Official FIUV Logo and the Name Una Voce name of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce and its very distinctive logo has been immediately recognisable since its earliest days. Since the year 2,000 and particularly since the promulgation of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007, there has been a steady increase in groups being formed and many are using the name Una Voce in their title. A number of these groups have applied for membership of the FIUV and been accepted. But there are others who have taken the name of Una Voce and have not applied, but appear to be claiming a link to the FIUV on their websites. 

 This has become a major cause for concern because they are operating outside the accepted standards of the FIUV yet are being widely regarded as members. In some instances this is affecting the good name of the FIUV.

At its XXth General Assembly, 5th November 2011, Rome, the Federation delegates approved a motion unanimously to protect the FIUV logo and name.

The problem is two-fold:
  1. the official FIUV logo, and
  2. the name Una Voce.

The FIUV logo is an artistic work within the meaning of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. It is an international agreement governing copyright, which was first accepted in Bern, Switzerland in 1886. It is quite clear that the FIUV logo must be classed as an artistic work, commissioned by our founder president Dr Eric de Saventhem, and designed, as it was, by Albert Decaris, the most famous French engraver of the 20th century. It is, therefore, the intellectual property right of the FIUV which has exclusive rights and no one can use it without the express permission of the FIUV.

Statement 1:
(i) The Logo of the Federation shall be the roundel designed by Albert Decaris (1901-1988) with a border in gold containing "Foderatio Internationalis" in black lettering over, and "MCMLXV" in black lettering under, a central black inescutcheon upon which the gold letters "Una Voce" are scattered en sourtout.  The Logo of the Federation shall not be altered, defaced, or used in pretence, nor shall its tincture be modified for any purpose whatsoever.

(ii) The logo of the Federation may be displayed and used by all Members of the Federation upon their official correspondence, publications, and possessions and, with the express permission of the President of the Federation in each case, by all groups having a democratic participation in Members of the Federation.

2. The Name 'Una Voce'.

The name 'Una Voce' was first chosen by Una Voce France in 1965 and it was subsequently adopted by the first six national groups which formed the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce. The name Una Voce preceded the logo, but both are now inextricably linked as our worldwide identity. It is an identity we must do all in our power to safeguard. 

Statement 2:
The name Una Voce, when used in conjunction with the aims and objectives of the International Federation Una Voce, may not be used or displayed on written, published, or electronic material, by any group which is not democratically associated with the Federation, and where its use may lead to misrepresentation in that the general public is misled into thinking the activity is associated with the International Federation Una Voce

Every effort is made by FIUV to ensure the integrity of its logo and identity in a way that encourages groups that support our aims and groups that aspire to Membership.  However, there are instances where, despite best efforts, groups using the logo and identity of the FIUV refuse to co-operate with the Federation in maintaining that integrity.  In such instances, the FIUV reluctantly has to state publicly that those groups have no connection with the FIUV and use its logo and identity without the consent of the Federation.

If you are aware of a group using the logo or identity of the FIUV inappropriately, or if you are unsure of the status of a group using the logo or the identity of the FIUV, you can assist the Federation by letting us know at:

Leo Darroch,
President - Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce.
2nd October 2012