The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, while blessed by God with many charisms, is not exactly a model of orthodox Catholic liturgy. The better to advance the Ratzingerian reform of the liturgical reform, several of us in the Diocese's Eastern Deanery (Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties) are collecting signatures for a letter we are soon to send to Rome. We take this step only having been unsuccessful in our appeal to local pastors and the bishop (whose good faith we otherwise do not disparage). For every step we have taken forward, we've taken two back, and the current situation is simply unacceptable.
It is very easy to sign on to the petition. If you reside in either of the aforementioned counties, simply send an email to esg08@fsu,edu, and include in it your 1) Name, 2) Parish, and 3) Phone # or Email. Your name will be added to the petition.
The text of the petition is as follows:
We the undersigned, practicing Catholics residing in the Eastern Deanry of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, in keeping with the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI’s , request to have the Mass of Blessed John XXIII offered at the Co-Cathedral of St Thomas More, or at a nearby parish. We request that this extraordinary form of the Mass be offered , feast days, and week days. We would also like to request establishment of a personal parish or the appointment of a chaplain for the extraordinary form of the Mass. Our ultimate goal is the celebration of a (sung Mass) on Sundays and holy days, and by our signatures we commit to assisting at such celebrations on a regular basis, should they be offered.
If you are able and willing to sign, please do so. We need signatures ASAP. If you know others, who would be willing to sign on, please distribute this petition as widely as possible, along with the instructions on how to sign it. NOTE: In the case of families who wish to sign, every adult Catholic should sign separately. To do so, simply indicate in your email the number of persons signing on, with their names individuated.
Thank you for aiding the cause of liturgical restoration in the Florida panhandle!