Una Voce

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The Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (Latin for "With One Voice"; from the Preface to the Roman Canon) is an international federation of Catholic lay organizations attached to the Tridentine Mass.[1][2]

The Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (or FIUV) was founded on December 19, 1964 in Paris by Georges Cerbelaud-Salagnac in order to promote the Tridentine mass from the Pre-Vatican II Missale Romanum (1962).[3][4] The organization argues that while the Second Vatican Council had introduced vernacular liturgies, it did not actually forbid the Latin mass, and that regular weekday and Sunday masses in Latin should be maintained.[5] The organization also seeks to promote Latin Gregorian Chant, sacred polyphony and sacred art.[3][4] Unlike some of the other Catholic traditionalist organizations, Una Voce seeks to remain faithful to the Pope within the Roman Catholic Church,[3][4][6] and asserts that the Tridentine and the vernacular masses should be allowed to co-exist.[4][6][7] Among its prominent early members were the composers Maurice Duruflé and Olivier Messiaen.[3][8]

A number of national associations developed during 1964 and 1965, and in 1966 an international association, the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce was formed. It currently has over two dozen national affiliates.[3][5][9]

FIUV members value the traditional Latin Mass as direct link with the early Church and for conveying the mystery and majesty of God,[10][11] but have been critiqued for elitism and for its emphasis on private religious devotion.[11] The group has been described as an "arch-conservative" organization by Episcopal Church organist James E Frazier.[3] Traditionalist Catholics usually uphold orthodox Catholic moral teaching on abortion, contraception and marriage.[6] However, members of the FIUV reject comparisons to fundamentalism.[10]

FIUV was enthusiastic about the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the Pope in 2005.[12][13] Ratzinger had spoken at a conference, and had praised FIUV's role in supporting the use of the Roman Missal within the guidelines set out by the Vatican.[14][15] The organization's influence at the highest levels of the Vatican has led to the authorization of the Tridentine Mass without specific permission or indult by local bishops, and the wider implementation of the motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum.[3][11][16]

The Council 2011-2013 was elected as follows:

  • Leo Darroch (The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales);
  • Jack Oostveen (Ecclesia Dei Delft, Nederland);
  • Jason King (Una Voce America);
  • Patrick Banken (Una Voce France);
  • Thomas Murphy (St. Conleth’s Catholic Heritage Association, Ireland);
  • Monika Rheinschmitt (Pro Missa Tridentina, Deutschland);
  • Oleg-Michael Martynov (Una Voce Russia);
  • Fabio Marino (Coordinamento di Una Voce delle Venezie, Italia);
  • Carlos Antonio Palad (Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph, Philippines);
  • David Reid (Vancouver Traditional Mass Society of Canada);
  • Rodolfo Vargas Rubio (Roma Aeterna, España);
  • Joseph Shaw (The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales);
  • Felipe Alanis Suarez (Una Voce Mexico);
  • Diane Taylor (Ecclesia Dei Society of New Zealand);
  • Godwin Xuereb (Pro Tridentina, Malta).


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  2. ^ Winfield, Nicole (27 May 2007). "Pope overrides objections on traditional Mass". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Frazier, James E (2007). Maurice Duruflé. Boydell & Brewer. pp. 223–4, 331. ISBN 978-1-58046-227-3. 
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  5. ^ a b Waquet, Francois (2001). Latin: A Symbol's Empire. Verso. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-85984-615-5. 
  6. ^ a b c Catholic group requests church where all Masses are in Latin at the Wayback Machine (archived June 3, 2008)
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  8. ^ Frölich, Laurent (2002). Les catholiques intransigeants en France (in French). L'Harmattan. pp. 90–91. ISBN 978-2-7475-1619-8. 
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  10. ^ a b Ferkenhoff, Eric (June 25, 2007). "A Return to the Latin Mass Clashes with congregants may erupt as a growing number of young priests push for a revival of pre-Vatican II customs". US News & World Report. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  11. ^ a b c Horgan, Dennis (15 July 1985). "Latin mass in Niagara seen as sweet vindication". The Globe and Mail. pp. P11. 
  12. ^ Three Years of Pope Benedict XVII: The Genie is Out of the Bottle..., by Ingrid H. Shafer
  13. ^ Bridges and, Amos; Leicht, Linda (April 20, 2005). "Swift pick surprises faithful Local Catholics react with excitement, hope and trepidation after conclusion of conclave.". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  14. ^ Catholic Group Holds Conference To Discuss Developments Under Pope Benedict XVI at PRNewsNow
  15. ^ Allen, John L. (2001). Pope Benedict XVI: A Biography of Joseph Ratzinger. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-8264-1361-1. 
  16. ^ summorum pontificum

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