A Letter to Catholics throughout the World

“What man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?” (Mt 7:9)

A Letter to Catholics throughout the World

“What man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?” (Mt 7:9)

A Letter to Catholics throughout the World

“What man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?” (Mt 7:9)

A Letter to Catholics throughout the World

“What man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?” (Mt 7:9)

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We have been deeply saddened to learn of Pope Francis’ decision to revoke the main provisions of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI on July 7, 2007. After decades of division and quarrels, Summorum Pontificum was a source of peace and reconciliation for all Catholics.

Rome has violated Pope Benedict XVI’s solemn word in a brutal and rigid manner that is a far cry from the fraternal welcome that is nowadays so widely proclaimed.

Pope Francis’ explicit intent, as expressed in the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes of July 16, 2021, is to see an end of the celebration of the Holy Mass handed down by the Tradition of the Church. We are deeply shocked by this decision. How can we comprehend this radical break with the traditional Missal, which is the “venerable and ancient” enactment of the “law of the faith”, and has borne fruit in so many peoples, saints and missionaries? And what harm is being done by those faithful who simply want to pray as their fathers have prayed for so many centuries? Who can ignore the fact that the Tridentine Mass converts many souls, attracts young and fervent congregations, and inspires many vocations; that it has been the wellspring of seminaries, religious communities, and monasteries; that it is the mainstay of many schools, youth ministries, catechetical work, spiritual retreats and pilgrimages?

Many of you – our Catholic brothers, priests and bishops – have expressed to us your incomprehension and deep sorrow: we thank you for your numerous testimonies of support.

Summorum Pontificum’s stated purpose was to promote peace within the Church in order to build unity in charity, but it was also designed to lead Catholics to renew their ties with their own inheritance, by helping as many people as possible to discover the rich liturgical tradition that is the treasure of the Church. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is witnessing the destruction of his work of reconciliation in his own lifetime.

In this age of materialism and of harrowing social and cultural division, liturgical peace is an absolute necessity for the faith and spiritual life of Catholics, in a world that is dying of thirst. The drastic curtailment of the authorization to celebrate Mass in its traditional form will rekindle mistrust and doubt, and heralds the resurgence of a devastating liturgical quarrel that will rip apart the Christian people.

Before God and before all men and women, we solemnly affirm that we will not allow anyone to deprive the faithful of this treasure which is first and foremost that of the Church. We will not remain inactive in the face of the spiritual suffocation of vocations that the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes will bring about. We will not deprive our children of the unique means of transmitting the faith that is faithfulness to the traditional liturgy.

As loyal children of their father, we ask of Pope Francis that he reverse his decision, repealing Traditionis Custodes and restoring full freedom to celebrate the Tridentine Mass, for the glory of God and the good of the faithful. Bread rather than stones.

September 8, 2021, Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Personalities supporting this open letter

  • Bernard Antony, President, AGRIF
  • Xavier Arnaud, President, Catholic Forum
  • Victor Aubert, President, Academia Christiana
  • Patrick Banken, President, Una Voce France
  • Alex Barbas, Publisher
  • Heinz-Lothar Barth, Universitätsdozent für klassische Philologie im Ruhestand
  • Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz, Assistant Professor, Masaryk University
  • Donna Bethell, Board member Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum & The Paulus Institute
  • Albert Bikaj, Political scientist
  • Moh-Christophe Bilek, Founder, ND de Kabylie
  • François Billot de Lochner, President of Fondation de Service politique
  • Benjamin Blanchard, DG of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient
  • Christoph Blath, Member of the Board of directors, Pro Sancta Ecclesia
  • Dominique Boily, Professeur
  • Thomas Bostock, Chairman – Australian Environment Foundation
  • Anne Brassié, Journalist and writer
  • Patrick Buisson, Historian and political advisor
  • Georges Buscemi, President Québec-Vie
  • Jason Carabello, Founder, Radio Free Catholic
  • Humberto Carniero, Professor da Faculdade de Direito do Recife
  • Jacques Charles-Gaffiot, Art historian
  • Stuart Chessman, President, Society of St. Hugh of Cluny
  • Pierre Dominique Cochard, Former journalist and business leader
  • Thibaud Collin, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Edgardo J. Cruz Ramos, President, Una Voce Puerto Rico
  • Laurent Dandrieu, Journalist
  • Yves Daoudal, Journalist – Blog Director
  • David Deavel, Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture
  • Michel De Jaeghere, Journalist and essayist
  • Pierre de Lauzun, Senior Official Writer
  • Massimo de Leonardis, President International Commission of Military History
  • Roberto de Mattei , Former President of the CNR (Italian CNRS)
  • Jean-Pierre Destrebecq, Professor
  • Marie-Pauline Deswarte, Doctor of Law
  • Stéphane Deswarte, Doctor of Law, Doctor of Chemistry
  • Cyrille Dounot, D. in Law, Licentiate in Canon Law
  • C.J. Doyle, Executive Director, Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
  • Christian & Fabienne Drouhot, Presidents, Domus Christiani
  • Alvino-Mario Fantini, Editor-in-Chief of The European Conservative
  • Timothy Flanders, Editor, OnePeterFive
  • Rémi Fontaine, Journalist and writer
  • François Foucart, Journalist
  • Matt Gaspers, Managing Editor of Catholic Family News
  • Jules Gomez, biblical scholar and journalist
  • Jean Goyard, Communications Officer
  • Claude Goyard, University Professor
  • Giovanni Grimaldi Torelly, CEO & Co-Founder of WeThink Solutions
  • Max Guazzini, Former president of a media group
  • Michael Hageböck, Summorum Pontificum Freiburg
  • Gregor Hausmann, Member of the Board of directors, Pro Sancta Ecclesia
  • Michael Haynes, Journalist
  • Joël Hautebert, Professor of Law, University of Angers
  • Michael Hichborn, President, Lepanto Institute
  • Maike Hickson, Journalist
  • Robert Hickson, Writer
  • Jasper Juckel, Journalist
  • Marek Jurek, Former President of the Polish Sejm
  • Paul N. King, President, The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy
  • Peter Kwasniewski, Writer, composer, researcher
  • John Lamont, D. Phil. (Oxon)
  • Philippe Lauvaux, Professor of Public Law ULB Paris & Assas
  • Philip Lawler, Editor, Catholic World News
  • Leila Lawler, Auhtor, Blog
  • Anne Le Pape, Journalist
  • Maria Madise, Director of Voice of the Family
  • Christian Marquant, President of Paix Liturgique
  • Taylor Marshall, YouTube commentator & writer
  • Patrick Martin, Historien et théologien
  • Oleg-Michael Martynov, Una Voce Russia
  • Martial Mathieu, Docteur en Droit Université de Grenoble
  • Gertraud Marx, Initiativkreis kath. Priester u. Laien, Pro Sancta Ecclesia e.V.
  • Michael Matt, Editor, The Remnant
  • Jean-Pierre Maugendre, President, Renaissance Catholique
  • Philippe Maxence, Editor, L’Homme Nouveau
  • Jack Maxey, journalist and political analyst
  • Brian McCall, Chair in Law University of Oklahoma Editor-in-Chief Catholic Family News
  • Bronwen McShea, Ph.D., Historian
  • Charles de Meyer, President of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient
  • Paweł Milcarek, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Christianitas
  • Dominique Millet-Girard, Professor at the Sorbonne
  • Jean-Marie Molitor, Journalist
  • Martin Mosebach, Writer
  • Maureen Mullarkey, Writer
  • Georges Neumayr, Book author
  • Hugh Owen, Director Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation
  • Luc Perrin, Historian
  • Hugues Petit, Doctor of Law
  • Olivier Pichon, Associate professor of the university, TV liberty journalist.
  • Philippe Pichot-Bravard, Doctor of Law
  • Claudio Pierantoni, PhD History of Christianity & PhD Philosophy
  • Jean-Baptiste Pierchon, Doctor of Law
  • Constance Prazel, President of Liberté politique
  • Enrico Maria Radaelli, Research Director and Professor ICSA
  • Carlo Regazzoni, Philosopher of Culture
  • David Reid, President Una Voce Canada
  • Christophe Réveillard, Doctor of History, Academic
  • Monika Rheinschmitt, President Pro Missa Tridentina
  • Kevin Rowles, Catholic author
  • Hervé Rolland, Vice President of ND de Chrétienté
  • Eric Sammons, Editor-in-Chief of Crisis Magazine
  • Edward Schaefer, President Collegium sanctorum angelorum
  • Wolfram Schrems, Mag. theol, Mag. phil, catechist
  • Reynald Secher, Historian
  • Aaron Seng, President of Tradivox, Inc.
  • Jean Sévillia, Journalist, Historian, Writer
  • Pierre-Yves Simonin, Ambassador of Switzerland – a. Ambassador of the Order of Malta to the UN
  • Henri Sire, Writer, Composer, Researcher
  • Michael Sirilla, PhD, Steubenville, Ohio
  • John Smeaton Past SPUC CEO
  • Jeanne Smits, Journalist – Blog Director
  • Christian Spaemann, MD, psychiatrist and psychotherapist
  • Peter Stephan, Professor for Art History and Theory of Architecture, Postdam Univ.
  • Pierre-Edouard Stérin, Entrepreneur
  • Anthony Stine, Return to tradtion blog
  • Jean de Tauriers, President of ND de Chrétienté
  • Guillaume de Thieulloy, Press editor
  • Inge M. Thürkauf, katholische Publizistin
  • Marco Tosatti, Blog Editor, Stilum Curiae
  • Jérôme Triomphe, Lawyer
  • José Ureta, Book author
  • Philippe de Villiers, Former Minister, Writer
  • John-Henry Westen, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LifeSiteNews
  • Elizabeth Yore, Attorney, Founder YoreChilden
  • Alberto Luiz Zucchi, Presidente Associação cultural montfort

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About this letter:

This open letter to Catholics around the world was written by dozens of personalities from all over the world who are attached to the traditional Mass (whether they are “traditionalists” or not, and even whether they are practicing Catholics or not). You can support their action by leaving your email in the form above.

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