Statement on the Moto Proprio ‘Traditionis Custodes’

In 1965, before the promulgation of the Missal of Pope St Paul VI, the International Federation Una Voce was founded for the preservation of the venerable and ancient liturgy of the Catholic Church.

The work of Una Voce has always been characterised by fidelity to the papacy, a deep love of Holy Mother Church, the desire to work in partnership with the legitimate leadership of the Church and to do so with charity and dignity. In this manner, the FIUV, of which UVS is a founding member, obtained the liberalisation of the use of the Traditional Latin Mass which increased its availability to the faithful. From the ‘Agatha Christie’ indult to Ecclesia Dei, the FIUV persevered in making a case for the rite of Mass that served the church for twenty centuries. Noting the appeal of the Traditional Latin Mass to young people as well as those who had known it before the Missal of 1970 was introduced, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed that it had never been abrogated and granted universal permission to all priests of the Latin Rite to offer the Sacraments according to the liturgical books of 1962.  During the era of Summorum Pontificum, Una Voce Scotland worked tirelessly to fulfill our constitutional aims of

1. Promoting the Traditional Latin Mass

2. Promoting Gregorian Chant and polyphony

3. Preserving Catholic sanctuaries and

4. Representing the faithful to the hierarchy in Scotland and Rome.

The result has been a flourishing of the liturgy and the communities that have formed around it, a vibrant part of the life of the church in Scotland.

On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2021, Pope Francis issued a Moto Proprio “Traditionis Custodes’ which imposes restrictions on the celebration of of the Liturgy according to the ancient form. This has been a cause of great sorrow to those faithful who, constituting a passionate and devoted part of the church in the modern world and motivated by an impulse of evangelisation, have found nourishment, clarity and transcendence in the prayers and ceremonies or the older form of the Latin Rite. Una Voce Scotland will not be offering commentary on the document as this is already being comprehensively provided by those who are more qualified to do so. We do however, restate our commitment to fulfill the aims of UVS as set above in all prayerfulness and fidelity to the one Church of Jesus Christ and his Vicar. Although restrictions have been imposed, the Traditional Latin Mass has not been abrogated by Pope Francis and UVS will continue to support all priests and faithful who offer and assist at such liturgies with the blessing of their bishop and will continue to work with the hierarchy, who are the custodians of tradition and chief pastors of the flock of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

In these unsettling times, we encourage you to continue to pray for Pope Francis and for the Church, outside which there is no salvation.

“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.”  Benedict XVI, 7 July 2007

Statement from Una Voce International on Summorum Pontificum

In recent months there have been many rumours about the status of Summorum Pontificum in the Church. The work of the International Federation Una Voce in collaboration with the proper ecclesial authorities led to Pope Benedict’s document which opened up the Extraordinary Form of the Mass for the whole church.

Continuing in our role of representing the faithful attached to the Usus Antiquior to the hierarchy, FIUV have produced the following statement in response to the rumours that have been circulating.


Living the faith, living the future:
The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Declaration of the International Federation Una Voce

The International Federation Una Voce (FIUV), founded in 1965, brings together associations of the lay faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite (the Traditional Latin Mass).

In 2007, the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum recognised the vitality of the traditional liturgy, the freedom of priests to celebrate it, and of the faithful to request it. This has led to an ongoing increase in the number of celebrations of the ancient Latin Mass, and of its spiritual fruits.

During 2020 the FIUV conducted a worldwide survey of the faithful on the implementation of Summorum Pontificum. From this survey, which included results from 364 dioceses in 52 countries, we found:

•    The ancient Latin Mass is deeply appreciated by groups of faithful of all ages, especially families with children, young people and converts, found in all social and cultural environments, on all continents and in an ever increasing number of countries.

• In many areas the increased availability of this Mass has favoured the normalisation of relations between the faithful attached to it and their bishops, relations increasingly characterised by mutual understanding and respect.

Nevertheless, we have noticed that, contrary to the previous policy of the Holy See, there are still people within the Church, including some bishops, who would like to see the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite explicitly suppressed, or subject to further restrictions. For this reason, the FIUV, in view of the faithful who adhere to the Latin Mass, feels the duty to express its opinion, encouraged by Pope Francis’ exhortations to the members of the Church to use parrhesia with the necessary humility.

The growth of interest in the traditional liturgy is not due to nostalgia for a time we do not remember, or a desire for rigidity: it is rather a matter of opening ourselves to the value of something that for most of us is new, and inspires hope. Pope Francis has characterised the ancient liturgy in terms of a “sense of adoration” (Press conference of 28 July 2013), we can also apply his words to it: a “living history that welcomes us and pushes us forward” (Evangelii Gaudium 13).

Today we only wish to be part of that “great orchestra” of “unity in variety” which, as Pope Francis said (General Audience of 9 October 2013), reflects the true catholicity of the Church. The Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum continues to transform the conflicts of the past into harmony: long may it to continue to do so.

Felipe Alanis Suarez, President