A further position statement from International Federation Una Voce:

“Pope Benedict XVI foresaw the inclusion of new saints in the calendar of the Extraordinary Form. This does not imply that this Form will cease to have a distinct calendar; calendrical differences have always been a feature of the Church’s liturgy. The EF Sanctoral Cycle is distinctive in having a greater number of feasts than that of the Ordinary Form; of including a large number of very ancient saints; and of commemorating the miraculous. In these ways it reflects the spirit of the Form as a whole, manifested both in its proper and its ordinary texts. Here we find a concern with the intercession, rather than of the example, of the saints, and for continuity, which the ancient saints in particular exemplify. When looking to create room for more recent saints to be included, it can be asked if the more modern saints of the 1960 calendar could more appropriately be included in local calendars, than in the Universal calendar. . . . . . . . .

The 33rd in the FIUV Position Papers series, called The Sanctoral Cycle of the Extraordinary Form is now available in the FIUV Positio section.”



“FIUV Position Papers on the 1962 Missal

FIUV launches discussion papers on the 1962 Missal The Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV) is launching a series of short ‘position papers’ on aspects of the 1962 Missal, with a view to stimulating debate on aspects of the ‘Extraordinary Form’ which have been criticised in the past, and might be subject to change in the future.
We have a two-fold goal. First, to contribute to a debate, which has been on-going since at least the mid 20th Century, about the theological appropriateness and pastoral effectiveness of (what is now, in the Holy Father’s phrase) ‘the former liturgical tradition’. We wish to equip those attached to this tradition with the best possible arguments, backed by the best authorities, for maintaining the organic integrity of this tradition, expressed as succinctly as possible but, we hope, comprehensible to a wide audience. We hope in this way to raise the standard of debate which takes place no longer only in the seminar room, but wherever Catholics meet, particularly on the internet.
Secondly, we do this in light of the Holy Father’s letter to Bishops accompanying the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum:
  • For that matter, the two Forms of the usage of the Roman Rite can be mutually enriching: new Saints and some of the new Prefaces can and should be inserted in the old Missal. The “Ecclesia Dei” Commission, in contact with various bodies devoted to the usus antiquior, will study the practical possibilities in this regard.
The FIUV is not merely one among many ‘bodies devoted to the EF’, but is the only international body able to speak for the laity attached to this form of the liturgy. We were established in 1965, at the very beginning of the ‘Traditional Movement’, and represent a large and growing number of lay associations in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. We have been representing the views and needs of our member associations in Rome, and to the wider world, for nearly half a century.

Accordingly, we have set up a ‘Liturgy and Spirituality Subcommittee’ to coordinate the development and publication of these position papers. I (Joseph Shaw, coincidentally Chairman of the Latin Mass Society) am the Moderator of that Subcommittee, and in that capacity I am presenting these papers to the public, on Rorate Caeli, thanks to New Catholic’s great hospitality. While the Holy Father makes reference to two areas of possible change to the 1962 books, new Saints and Prefaces, debate about the future of these liturgical books is not limited to those matters. For that reason, and also because of the first mentioned purpose of these papers, we will be addressing topics on a wide range of issues.”

As well as an introductory paper, giving something of a disclaimer about our remit, the topics planned are:

Introduction (revised 19/3/12) – Deutsch
PP 1: The Service of Men and Boys at the Altar (revised 10/9/16) – Deutsch
PP 2: Liturgical Piety and Participation (revised 19/3/12) – Deutsch
PP 3: The Manner of Receiving Communion – Deutsch
PP 4: Liturgical Orientation
PP 5: The Vulgate and Gallican Psalter
PP 6: Liturgical Pluralism
PP 7: Latin as Liturgical Language (revised 10/10/12)
PP 8: Prefaces
PP 9: Silence (revised 10/10/12)
PP 10: Eucharistic Fast

Positio 1-10 in Polish (po polsku) in pdf, mobi and epub formats (on Una Voce Polonia portal)

PP 11: Western Culture
PP 12: Latin in Seminaries (revised 29/5/17)
PP 13: Holy Days of Obligation (revised 10/1/14)
PP 14: Holy Week Reform of 1955, Part I – General Comments
PP 14: Holy Week Reform of 1955, Part II – Liturgies
PP 15: The Lectionary of the Extraordinary Form
PP 16: The Proclamation of Lections in Latin in the Extraordinary Form
PP 17: The Reception of Communion under the Species of Bread Alone in the Extraordinary Form
PP 18: The Missa Lecta
PP 19: The Kiss of Peace
PP 20: The Season of Septuagesima, and Vigils and Octaves, in the Extraordinary Form

Positio 11-20 in Polish (po polsku) in pdf, mobi and epub format (on Una Voce Polonia portal)

PP 21: The Extraordinary Form and the Eastern Churches
PP 22: Headcoverings in Church in the Extraordinary Form
PP 23: The Extraordinary Form and China
PP 24: Prayers for the Persecuted Church and the Leonine Prayers (revised 03/1/15)
PP 25: The Extraordinary Form and Sub-Saharan Africa
PP 26: The Extraordinary Form and Men
PP 27: Tradition, Reform, and Restoration
PP 28: The Good Friday Prayer for the Jews in the Extraordinary Form
PP 29: The Role of the Laity in the Extraordinary Form
PP 30: The Participation of Children at the Extraordinary Form – Deutsch
PP 31: The Extraordinary Form and New Age
PP 32: The Extraordinary Form and Islam
PP 33: The Sanctoral Cycle of the Extraordinary Form

The first 27 papers, and the introduction, have been compiled into a Lulu book.