Gregorius Magnus is published by
the Foederatio Internationalis Una
Voce. The FIUV is a lay movement
within the Catholic Church, founded
in Rome in 1965 and erected formally
in Zürich in January 1967.
The principal aims of the FIUV are
to ensure that the Missale Romanum
promulgated by Blessed Pope
John XXIII in 1962 is maintained
in the Church as one of the forms
of liturgical celebration, to obtain
freedom of use for all other Roman
liturgical books enshrining “previous
liturgical and disciplinary
forms of the Latin tradition” and to
safeguard and promote the use of
Latin, Gregorian chant and sacred
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
Excerpt on New Zealand
ECCLESIA DEI NEW ZEALAND
by Neil Coup, President of Ecclesia Dei, New Zealand, and Melda Townsley
In New Zealand, we are acutely aware that the possibility of offering the Traditional Latin Mass is dependent on the availability of willing and qualified priest Celebrants. Of the six dioceses in New Zealand, two are well-served by the presence of full-time Traditional priests of religious institutes. In Christchurch, since Summorum Pontificum, first the Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) and now the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer (FSSR) provide a full sacramental ministry. More recently, a priest of the Fraternity of St Peter has come to Auckland to lead a large parish community built-up over many years by heroic local clergy. This state of affairs would appear to be the ideal. The dioceses of Palmerston North and Dunedin maintain a regular Sunday Latin Mass staffed by diocesan clergy. In Hamilton diocese the Latin Mass is offered in Whakatane on the first Sunday of the month. Other than that, there is a weekly Mass offered on Wednesdays in Hamilton and once a month on Saturday in Tauranga. Wellington currently still lacks celebration of a diocesan Latin Mass, because of the illness and age of its former Celebrant, and the lack of any other priest in the diocese to maintain this ministry. Even a renewed appeal by Cardinal John Dew to the Fraternity of St Peter has not rectified this unsatisfactory situation of a lack of a regular offering of the Traditional Mass in the Wellington Archdiocese – apart from the ministry of the Society of St Pius X there.
We earnestly appeal to anyone with knowledge of any priest anywhere in the world who might be available to rectify this sad situation. Indeed, we would be pleased to hear of any other strategies to obtain the services of a Traditional Latin Mass priest for Wellington. In March this year, Diane Taylor, EDSNZ and former FIUV Council member, published her latest book on the Church in New Zealand. Appropriately, it was a biographical tribute about Fr Pierre Denzil Meuli celebrating his many years of heroic priesthood at Mt St Mary’s, in Titirangi in Auckland. Diane’s book shows us how grateful we must be to the all too few Celebrants (past and present) who offer the Traditional Latin Mass in New Zealand. In this regard, 2017 has also seen the sad passing of Fr. Michael Anderson in July. For many years he championed the cause of Tradition in Wellington Archdiocese and was the regular Celebrant of the Latin Mass at St Mary’s Convent Chapel, as well as offering the Mass daily in his home at Lower Hutt. Although in more recent times his health precluded this, his peaceful death at the Home of Compassion at Silverstream certainly ends a remarkable era of Tradition in the Wellington Archdiocese. R.I.P.
We receive great spiritual support and guidance from Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking of Christchurch who has given several memorable Retreats at the Home of Compassion in Wellington. Last year, he graciously accepted the role of being our EDSNZ Patron. Besides our annual national Retreat with our official Members’ Requiem, we publish our annual “Inscape” magazine as well as several newsletters throughout the year to keep our members updated. We also distribute the quarterly “Latin Mass” magazine and the monthly Fraternity of St Peter Newsletters. This is only possible because of the sterling work of our national Council members who monitor developments as well undertake these tasks to promote our goals. Unfortunately both Traditional Catholics as a whole and EDSNZ in particular are not really growing in number and strength, so that ten years after Summorum Pontificum, the Traditional Latin Mass movement in New Zealand is still precarious and in some dioceses clearly worse off than in 2007.