For whom does Una Voce speak? | AKA Catholic

On the homepage of the International Federation Una Voce (FIUV) website, under the heading, “Our abiding mission…” is a 1970 statement attributed to Dr. Erich Vermehren de Saventhem, the organization’s founding President. It reads: It is vitally important that these new priests and religious, these new young people with ardent hearts, should find — if only in a corner of the rambling mansion of the Church — the treasure of a truly sacred liturgy still glowing softly in the night. And it is our task – since we have been given the grace to appreciate the value of this heritage — to preserve it from spoliation, from becoming buried out of sight, despised and therefore lost forever. It is our duty to keep it alive: by our own loving attachment, by our support for the priests who make it shine in our churches, by our apostolate at all levels of persuasion… Already in 1970, just seven months after the Novus Ordo Missae had become “obligatory” (“applicazione obbligatoria” to quote Paul VI, Audience of 19 November 1969), the Founder and President of FIUV, an association of laity, had already conceded that the true Mass, at the hands of the reigning Pontiff, may very well be destined to occupy no more than “a corner of the rambling mansion of the Church.” One notes the degree to which this well-intentioned man had essentially redefined the true nature of both the Church and the papacy in order to fit the dreadful circumstances of his day, rather than simply allowing unchanging Catholic doctrine to illuminate them. Had he chosen the latter course of action, some uncomfortable truths would have come to light.

For whom does Una Voce speak? | AKA Catholic

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