Sunday, January 07, 2007

Epiphany Declaration

```The New Liturgical Movement blog has published this 'DECLARATION SUPPORTING ANY PAPAL INITIATIVE TO ALLOW THE FREER USE OF THE 1962 MISSALE ROMANUM'.

You can sign up too, here.

This is designed to parallel, for the English-speaking world, the similar declarations made in recent weeks by intellectuals and writers in Italy, France and Poland. Among the luminaries, from all parts of the Anglosphere, Britons who have already signed this include James Bogle, Fr Tim Finnigan, Dr Laurence Hemming, Fr Aidan Nichols (of Oxford University), Dr Susan Parsons, Joseph Pearse, Alcuin Read, and me!

The declaration recalls the petition presented to Pope Paul VI in 1971 to allow the continued use of the Traditional liturgy, which resulted in the 'English Indult'. This petition was signed by many prominent writers and intellectuals, by no means all Catholic, who saw the disappearance of the Traditional Catholic liturgy as a cultural calamity affecting the whole of society. The petitioners included Agatha Christie, Cyril Connolly, Kenneth Clark, Graham Greene, Cecil Day Lewis, Malcolm Muggeridge and Iris Murdoch.

Well done to Shawn Tribe of the New Liturgical Movement for organising this new declaration, and may it stiffen the resolve of the Holy Father in carrying his policy towards the Traditional liturgy into effect.

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