This past July 11th, the Congregation for the Religious “commissioned” the Institute of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, forcing them to abandon the traditional Mass, which they have the right to celebrate freely, according to a universal law of the Church, never abrogated, and confirmed by the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of Benedict XVI of July 7th 2007.
Canon 212 of the Code of Canon Law currently in force state that the faithful: “According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.” In the light of this canon and of that which the sensus fidei of every baptised person imposes, I consider it my duty to send an open letter to His Eminence Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life. If you share my concerns, I thank you and invite you to show your support for this initiative making your own the message related in the window below.
By pressing the button here below, you will be able to send your own personal message directly to the Prefect of the Congregation and, in copy, to the Secretary of the Congregation, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, to the Vice-President of the Commission Ecclesia Dei, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia and to the appointed Commissary, Fr. Fidenzio Volpi, ofm Capp.
Please sign the letter with your name, and include your e-mail address.
I thank you for lending your support to this initiative, promoted for the greater good of the Church and of souls.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Roberto de Mattei