July 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Following the release of Pope Francis’s motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, which heavily restricts the use of the Traditional Latin Mass, and the overwhelming outcry from faithful observers of Catholic tradition, LifeSiteNews has prepared a petition to be presented to the Holy Father, begging that he hear the cry of his flock and reconsider restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), held so dear by so many.
On Friday the Holy See published Traditionis Custodes, in which severe restrictions have been imposed on the celebration of the TLM. Pope Francis defined the Modern Mass, or Novus Ordo Missae, as the “unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite” in the first article of the document. He went on to declare that bishops hold “exclusive competence to authorize the use of the 1962 Roman Missal in his diocese,” and issue an order that parish churches are not to be used for the celebration of the Latin Mass, among other draconian measures.
LifeSiteNews will hand-deliver this petition to the Holy See, recording the moment traditional Catholics from around the world stood up for the Traditional Latin Mass.
Pope Francis has issued a new decree, "Traditiones Custodes," severely restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition with other Catholics, and ask the Pope to reconsider this new and divisive Motu Proprio.
Pope Francis' decree clamps down hard on the TLM. In it, he effectively does away with Pope Benedict's protection of it, handing bishops in every diocese the right to suppress it, while demanding new priests get permission from their bishop and the Vatican to offer the Mass of the Ages.
As Catholics who value Tradition and know the place of the Magisterium in safeguarding the Deposit of Faith, it is time to speak up and have our voices heard.
Francis has decried rigidity and intolerance for years, but now is showing intolerance and rigidity himself by forcing his very narrow understanding of liturgy on one of the true sources of good fruit in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.
Our Lord said that "a bad tree cannot bear good fruit", and yet we see more and more souls drawn to Christ through the TLM, with marriages dedicated to God and open to many children, and vocations also abounding in traditional seminaries, orders and priestly societies.
Indeed, the Traditional Latin Mass has been a source of unity for the Catholic Church for more than 1500 years, producing great saints, repentant sinners, and souls won for Christ across the world. *Read below how Benedict XVI decried attacks against the TLM and its adherents.
To attempt to restrict the Traditional Latin Mass, as a new generation are rediscovering the treasures of God's Church, will inevitably cause further division and hurt among the faithful, risking the loss of some souls who will regretfully turn away.
Souls are now at stake with this Motu Proprio, as some will drift away from the Deposit of Faith in disillusionment, while others that are far from God will never be touched by the profound beauty and reverence found in the Traditional Latin Mass.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to Pope Francis, urging him to reconsider his decision, not least for the good of souls and the glory of God, and making sure as many cardinals support the TLM as possible.
Click "Show Petition Text" on the right to read the letter to Pope Francis.
Finally, please pray, fast and do penance for the salvation of souls, including that of our shepherds, during this turbulent time in Church history.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'BREAKING: Pope Francis abrogates Pope Benedict’s universal permission for Old Mass' - www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-abrogates-pope-benedicts-universal-permission-for-old-mass
'ANALYSIS: Pope restricts ‘divisive’ Traditional Latin Mass, says 52-yr-old Novus Ordo is ‘unique expression’ of Church’s liturgy' - www.lifesitenews.com/news/analysis-pope-restricts-divisive-traditional-latin-mass-says-52-yr-old-novus-ordo-is-unique-expression-of-churchs-liturgy
* Pope Benedict XVI (Spirit of the Liturgy, 2000):
"For fostering a true consciousness in liturgical matters, it is also important that the proscription against the form of liturgy in valid use up to 1970 [the older Latin Mass] should be lifted. Anyone who nowadays advocates the continuing existence of this liturgy or takes part in it is treated like a leper; all tolerance ends here. There has never been anything like this in history; in doing this we are despising and proscribing the Church’s whole past. How can one trust her at present if things are that way?"
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Regarding the latter point, bishops are asked to establish “one or more locations” where the faithful can attend the Latin Mass within their dioceses, but without this “location” being a “parochial church” and without establishing any new personal parishes. Furthermore, priests already offering the Latin Mass, formerly the “Extraordinary Form” of the Roman Rite, secured under then-Pope Benedict XVI in his 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, are ordered that they “should request from the diocesan Bishop the authorization to continue to enjoy this faculty.” Additionally, newly ordained priests must seek approval from both the local bishop and Rome to begin saying the Old Rite of the Mass.
“Francis says that priests who have been celebrating the Tridentine rite ‘should’ seek the permission of their bishops to continue. Does ‘should’ mean ‘must’?” asked Father Peter Stravinskas at Catholic World Report. “Of course, if the document had been promulgated in Latin, we would not have to wonder about that.”
Not only has the power to restrict the TLM been placed in the hands of the bishops, contrary to the principles articulated in Summorum Pontificum, but the power to give permission to a priest willing to say the Latin Mass has been passed further up the chain of command, being centralized to the Apostolic See, an edict which itself runs contrary to the Pope’s consistent emphasis on “synodality,” as noted by Professor Roberto de Mattei.
As “lay people dedicated to Christ and His Church, we urge you to reconsider your unjust and scandalous treatment of the Traditional Latin Mass,” LifeSite’s petition to Pope Francis implores. “We urge you to have regard for the many souls who benefit spiritually from the Ancient Rite.”
Continuing, the letter recognizes that “The Traditional Latin Mass has been a source of unity for the Catholic Church for more than 1500 years, producing great saints, repentant sinners, and souls won for Christ across the world.”
“To attempt to restrict the Traditional Latin Mass as a new generation are rediscovering the treasures of God's Church will inevitably cause further division and hurt among the faithful, risking the loss of some souls who will regretfully turn away.”
“We are concerned for your own soul[,] Holy Father. We love you and hope that, with your cardinals, you will follow the sensus fidelium and reinstate the Mass of the Ages to its proper place in the Catholic Church,” the letter concludes.
Please sign and share this petition to Pope Francis, urging him to reconsider his decision, for the good of souls and the glory of God, and making sure as many cardinals support the TLM as possible. LifeSite will hand-deliver the petition to the Holy See.