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Una Voce reports on its General Assembly


XXth General Assembly of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce.
Rome, 5th/6th November 2011.

On the weekend of 5th and 6th November, delegates from around the world gathered in Rome for the XXth biennial General Assembly of the International Federation Una Voce ( For more than 40 years the members of the International Federation have travelled to Rome to plead the cause for the restoration of the traditional liturgy. For most of these years our presence has been acknowledged, rather than welcomed, but since the publication of Summorum Pontificum in July 2007 the atmosphere has improved noticeably.

On this occasion, our General Assembly was blessed by the presence and encouragement of two cardinals.  At 10.00 a.m. on Saturday 5th November His Eminence Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos celebrated a Missa Prelatizia in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter.  In his sermon His Eminence paid tribute to the important work of the FIUV but said that our primary work was in trying to make the voice of the Holy Father heard on the question of the true value and liberty of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  

His Eminence Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos gives the final blessing
His Eminence Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos at the end of Mass with, from left to right:
Don Marco Cuneo, Fr Guiseppe Vallauri, FDP, and Canon Joseph Luzuy, ICRSP.
His Eminence Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos with the FIUV delegates after Mass.

Special thanks must be paid to Don Marco Cuneo, an Italian priest (associate of the FSSP) who works at the Fraternity church in Rome, the Ss Trinita dei Pellegrini, who acted as the MC/coordinator for the Mass at St Peter's.

After the Mass the delegates were delighted to welcome His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke to lunch at the conference hotel. His Eminence had intended to join the delegates on Sunday afternoon at the Open Forum but had received a special invitation from His Excellency Mgr. Punt, Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam, to celebrate the Pontifical High Mass in St. Agnes Church in Amsterdam on that date.

The Saturday Session of the XXth General Assembly was given over to internal business matters such as the election of a new Council and the presidential address. The president, Leo Darroch, was elected for a further term of two years. What was especially pleasing was the announcement that 11 new member associations had been admitted to the Federation since the previous General Assembly in 2009.

The second day of the General Assembly is always given over to an Open Forum at which a number of invited guests give talks on various topics. Fr. Joseph Vallauri, FDP, spoke about the ‘private prayers’  that the priest says during Mass; Don Stefano Carusi, IBP, informed the delegates about the spirit and progress of the Institute of the Good Shepherd; Dr. Helmut Ruckriegel, a founder member of the FIUV, gave a brief history of the Una Voce Federation; the Rev. Dr. José-Apeles Santolaria de Puey y Cruells, JCD (ABD), HistL, SMOM, gave a very detailed paper on the value of Romanity in the traditional movement and the Roman Rite as a factor of Civilization in the Western World; the Right Rev. Monsignor Valentín Miserachs, President of the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music addressed the General Assembly on Sacred Music and the Centenary of the Pontifical Institute which was founded by St. Pius X in 1911; Fr. Joseph Kramer, FSSP, spoke about the growing development of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter; and the final speaker was Canon Joseph Luzuy of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, who informed the delegates about the progress being made by the Institute.

A full report of proceedings will be sent to all the member associations as soon as possible.


  1. Gratias9:11 AM

    Una Voce is a great institution. I belong to UV Ventura and UV LA. Both run Diocesan masses through enormous efforts. Two beautiful masses in Ventura Mission and St. Therese in Alhambra. A triumph of human determination over episcopal opposition. One improvement is that our new LA Archbishop Jose Gomez returns the calls of UV officers.

    Join your nearest UV. For 15 bucks you can stand and be counted. One good thing about organizing forma extraordinaria masses in ordinary parishes is that people veni, vedi, stay.

  2. Gratias9:38 AM

    I failed to say that UV costs $15 per year here in California. And they get a lot done.

  3. Please visit or our Facebook page!!/pages/Una-Voce-Toronto/194824457210737

    Thank you.

  4. Anonymous1:00 PM

    My country's member organisation is called Pro Tridentina (Malta). It has the following Blog:

    I am sure that FIUV will help us Maltese in the difficulties to have Latin Mass.

  5. Augustinius8:26 PM

    "One improvement is that our new LA Archbishop Jose Gomez returns the calls of UV officers."

    Has he done anything other than return these calls? It doesn't appear so. He doesn't appear to have actually done a thing for genuine Catholicism. He appears to simply be an extension of the disastrous regime of Mahony. Other than returning these calls, can you prove me wrong?

  6. Msr. Gomez of LA seems to be the faithful pupil of cardinal Mahony. I am surprised he is Opus Dei and still follow the steps of the former cardinal. First steo should have been the demolition of the Cathedral of Our Lady of LA, with his hideous architecture.

  7. Gratias8:34 AM

    It is true that the number of Latin Masses in Los Angeles remains unchanged since Archbishop Jose Gomez was inaugurated in February. On the other hand, he has allowed the Celebret to two FSSP priests from the San Diego personal parish. He also is now free of Roger Cardinal Mahoney, who no longer lives in our awful Cathedral complex breathing behind Gomez's neck. Maybe better things will come the way of tradition once Gomez has completed one year in office.

    As for the Opus Dei thing, I will never understand why the Work did not embrace the Latin Mass after Summorum Pontificum in 2007. Opus Dei is supposed to obey the Pope, but maybe they meant JP2 specifically. After the way Opus Dei was hammered in the Da Vinci Code by author Dan Brown, one would have expected a little more defiance to Freemasons and anti-Catholics. But no, did not happen. The best thing that could happen to traditional Catholics would be for Opus Dei to join us in the trenches. Opus is very strong in Latin America, where traditional Catholics are effectively ostracized.

  8. Give Abp. Gomez time. He couldn't clear our the Flores stables in San Antonio in a year, or even really make serious progress for a few years. He is an indirect agent of change.


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