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Una Voce (Latin for "With One Voice"; from the Preface to the Roman Canon) is an international federation of Catholic lay organizations attached to the Tridentine Mass.[1][2]

Una Voce was founded on December 19, 1964 in Paris by Georges Cerbelaud-Salagnac in order to promote the Tridentine mass from the Pre-Vatican II Missale Romanum (1962).[3][4] The organization argues that while the Second Vatican Council had introduced vernacular liturgies, it did not actually forbid the Latin mass, and that regular weekday and Sunday masses in Latin should be maintained.[5] The organization also seeks to promote Latin Gregorian Chant, sacred polyphony and sacred art.[3][4] Unlike some of the other Catholic traditionalist organizations, Una Voce seeks to remain faithful to the Pope within the Roman Catholic Church,[6][3][4] and asserts that the Tridentine and the vernacular masses should be allowed to co-exist.[4][6][7] Among its prominent early members were the composers Maurice Duruflé and Oliver Messiaen.[3][8]

A number of national associations developed during 1964 and 1965, and in 1966 an international association, the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (International Una Voce Federation) was formed. It currently has over two dozen national affiliates.[3][9][5]

Una Voce members value the traditional Latin mass as direct link with the early Church and for conveying the mystery and majesty of God,[10][11] but have been critiqued for elitism and for its emphasis on private religious devotion.[11] The group has been described as an "arch-conservative" organization;[3] traditionalist Catholics tend to support conservative positions on abortion, birth control and same-sex marriage.[6] However, members of Una Voce reject comparisons to fundamentalism.[10]

Una Voce publishes a bi-monthly review, and organizes workshops, conferences, pilgrimages, and masses.[8][7] It also develops audio-visual material and radio programs of masses and Gregorian chant.[8] In the United States, Una Voce has trained more than 100 priests in the liturgy of the Latin Mass.[1][2]

Una Voce was enthusiastic about the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the Pope in 2005.[12][13] Ratzinger had spoken at Una Voce conference, and had praised its role in supporting the use of the Roman Missal within the guidelines set out by the Vatican.[14][15] The organization's influence at the highest levels of the Vatican has led to the authorization of the Tridentine Mass by local bishops in specific circumstances.[3][11] However, overall the organization has had limited impact on the global use of a vernacular liturgy.[3]


  1. ^ a b Noonan, Erica (March 2, 2008). "Latin Mass finds home Traditional service draws the faithful to Newton parish". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-02-25.  
  2. ^ a b Winfield, Nicole (27 May 2007). "Pope overrides objections on traditional Mass". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-02-25.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Frazier, James E (2007). Maurice Duruflé. Boydell & Brewer. pp. 223–4, 331. ISBN 978158046227.  
  4. ^ a b c d Crouan, Denis; Sebanc, Mark (2001). The Liturgy After Vatican II: Collapsing Or Resurgent?. Ignatius Press. pp. 29. ISBN 9780898708417.  
  5. ^ a b Waquet, Francois (2001). Latin: A Symbol's Empire. Verso. pp. 75. ISBN 9781859846155.  
  6. ^ a b c Tokasz, Jay (14 January 2006). "Catholic group requests church where all Masses are in Latin". Buffalo News: pp. A1. Archived from the original on 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-27.  
  7. ^ a b Tu, Janet I. (17 September 2007). "Latin Mass is welcomed by traditionalists". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-02-27.  
  8. ^ a b c Frölich, Laurent (2002) (in French). Les catholiques intransigeants en France. L'Harmattan. pp. 90–91. ISBN 9782747516198.  
  9. ^ Kocik, Thomas M. (2003). The Reform of the Reform?. Ignatius Press. pp. 13. ISBN 9780898709469.  
  10. ^ a b Ferkenhoff, Eric (June 25, 2007). "A Return to the Latin Mass Clashes with congregants may erupt as a growing number of young priests push for a revival of pre-Vatican II customs". US News & World Report. Retrieved 2009-02-26.  
  11. ^ a b c Horgan, Dennis (15 July 1985). "Latin mass in Niagara seen as sweet vindication". The Globe and Mail: pp. P11.  
  12. ^ Three Years of Pope Benedict XVII: The Genie is Out of the Bottle..., by Ingrid H. Shafer
  13. ^ Bridges and, Amos; Leicht, Linda (April 20, 2005). "Swift pick surprises faithful Local Catholics react with excitement, hope and trepidation after conclusion of conclave.". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2009-02-25.  
  14. ^ Catholic Group Holds Conference To Discuss Developments Under Pope Benedict XVI at PRNewsNow
  15. ^ Allen, John L. (2001). Pope Benedict XVI: A Biography of Joseph Ratzinger. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 72. ISBN 9780826413611.  

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