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A Faithful Bishop

The small diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro, which includes the Republic of San Marino and surrounding Italian areas in the Marche, has a Bishop who could not remain silent regarding the correct reception of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.

15 December 2007

"Our Bishop Luigi sent to the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, the telegram we report below to serve as a sign of the gratitude of our Particular Church of San Marino-Montefeltro for the promulgation of the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum Cura", reconfirming, at the same time, fidelity to the Person and to the Magisterium of the Pope".

Motu proprio “Summorum Pontificum”

Telegram sent by our Bishop Luigi to the Holy Father Benedict XVI

Most Blessed Father,

The Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro, together with its Pastor, has received with gratitude and responsibility the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum", recognizing in yhe directives proposed by Your Holiness a wider possibility for the education of the Christian people towards a faith which becomes truly a part of the person and a living presence in the entire society.

Our Diocese has not been able but to feel sorry for the persistent silence of many in the Catholic world which seems to reveal at least discomfort, if not distance, from Your directives, and cannot refrain from indicating as a source of concern the taking of public positions which have sounded problematic in comparison with the Magisterium of Your Holiness.

Your Holiness, our Diocese is small but has always been unconditionally faithful to the person and to the Magisterium of the Successor of Peter. We trust therefore that this our faithfulness, which we have willed to express with this gesture, may comfort You in Your service. We only ask for us the Apostolic Blessing.

Pennabilli, 15 December 2007.

+ Mons. Luigi Negri
Bishop of San Marino-Montefeltro

Tip: Crismon Forum


  1. These are the words of a truly Catholic Bishop. His statment makes his predecessors and all the faithful proud, Christ's church firmer, and His mystical body stronger. May other bishops follow his example.

    Has he celebrated the EF himself, and what provision is made in his diocese for it? Are the FSSP or the ICK there?

  2. Anonymous9:28 PM

    very comforting words, especially if actions are matching those loyal words.

    The immediate question that such a positive telegram is raising : how many others ?

  3. Anonymous9:35 PM

    The Diocese of San-Marino-Montefeltro has its own TLM order approved in the diocese:
    The Fraternità della Divina Misericordia

  4. Anonymous10:37 PM

    Luigi Negri was a priest of Communion and Liberation before being made bishop of San Marino.

  5. Most interesting. I hear about Communion and Liberation, which I must say isn't the most promising moniker in these times, but I don't know anything about them. The fact that they produce such a bishop is encouraging. Did he institute the Fraternita della Divina Misericordia himself, or inherit it?

  6. Anonymous10:46 PM

    Now that is what you call a true Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church.

  7. Anonymous12:38 AM

    what was the news item that was posted yesterday and removed but will be posted again in the future? I missed it

  8. Hebdomadary, Don Claudio Crescimanno is the founder of Fraternity and is also the Superior. They have a house of formation in the Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro:

    Fraternità della Divina Misericordia
    presso ex-convento di Ponte Cappuccini
    Via Ca’ Baldisserra 2
    61023 Pietrarubbia (PU)

    Tel: +39 072275103

  9. Anonymous1:44 AM



  10. Anonymous3:07 AM

    Pope slows down Pius XII sainthood process - report

    Yep, JR is again playing to his marketing skills. Sell, sell, sell as much as possible.

  11. But then the question is: who will buy what?

  12. Anonymous2:01 PM

    If we talk about bishops

    Ecclesia Dei reprimand german bishops (Summorum Pontificum). If someone knows german well...

  13. Anonymous6:16 PM

    The Holy Father should make him a Cardinal!

  14. Anonymous7:00 PM

    How blessed the Church and the Holy Father are, by the words of this wonderful Bishop.

  15. Anonymous7:44 PM

    The Holy Father should make him a Cardinal!

    If the bishop is traditional in all others aspects, YES he should, but italians have two faces: one traditional and another liberal.

  16. Anonymous7:45 PM

    "But then the question is: who will buy what?"


  17. Anonymous7:45 PM

    What does Pius XII sell?


  18. Anonymous9:11 PM

    Of course the Church needs to sell. The Vatican and the Episcopal Conference's bureacracies are very expensive. They don't live from bread and water alone.

  19. Anonymous1:25 AM

    Dear "New Catholic",

    About your final consideration to Bishop Cappio's hungry strike
    "And will the Holy See just stand by?"
    see it:

    At the moment I'm glad with this action.

  20. Some good news from a bishop about the Motu Proprio for a change!

  21. what was the news item that was posted yesterday and removed but will be posted again in the future?

    A new personal parish in Rome for the traditional Catholic community.

  22. good news!, if only Cardinal Mahony said something like this.


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