[quote="GloriousOrder, post:1, topic:229713"]
Dear friends :), I am frankly getting fed-up with the lack of mention when it comes to Summorum Pontificum in our area. The last few weeks, I've been meeting people who are 'secretly' in the "Tridentine Resistance" ;), but refuse to attend the illicit Masses offered by avowed sedevacantist priests who visit our archdiocese. These people are loyal to Rome and have great hope, but are disunited.
These things in mind, please read the content of my planned letter for later this year. I beg most lovingly that you give me criticism of it; whether it might be shortened, or made better:
Petition for a regular celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form
[RIGHT]November 20, 2011[/RIGHT]
It is the humble wish of all the undersigned that a regular, licit Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite be established in the Archdiocese of X, in accordance with the wishes of H.H. Pope Benedict XVI in his 2007 motu proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum.
We have established, in the name of God, a stable and committed group pining for the Mass as it was approved of in twenty-second session of the Council of Trent. In this petition we offer you no guile or bitterness; instead, our tone is that of hope, in faith and with charity. Our Holy Father, the gloriously-reigning pope, has initiated his own reform of the reform. In this spirit, the undersigned wholly believe that the reform can be informed by the institution of a regular Tridentine Mass in X. By its beautiful tradition, its invocation of the faith of our ancient fathers, and its link to so many of the blessed saints, we believe that celebration of the Mass according to the liturgical books of 1962 would encourage Roman Catholics in X to love Christ and His Church more perfectly.
**The members of our petitionary committee **have no wish that an illicit or schismatic Tridentine Mass be celebrated in this archdiocese. Our request is for the Extraordinary Form to be celebrated either by an diocesan priest in good standing with the archdiocese; or, alternatively, by a member of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, or the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, or other priestly society in full communion with the Holy See. In the name of the holy faith established by our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask this with obedience to your office.
We, the undersigned, certainly do not have any wish to abrogate the Holy Mass of H.H. Pope Paul VI. Our most fervent wish is to be able to celebrate its rich liturgical possibilities, being informed by the Mass of the Council of Trent as it existed in 1962. All holy ecumenical councils of the Catholic Church being honoured, we think it our duty to happily petition your grace: that at least one parish in our archdiocese be allowed this honour in future, totally in accordance with the aforesaid motu proprio (effective Sept. 14, 2007).
This petition is offered, in faith, for your consideration on the feast of Christ the King, our sovereign Lord.
[RIGHT]Kissing the Sacred Ring,
You cite a body outside the providence of his grace. It would follow first that you seek permission for such an organizational body and, being thus established under his Excellency's shepherding staff, you would have an episcopal pincipal of unity (namely, him), and could thus better enjoy the blessings of Christian unity and peace promised by Christ through His One True Church.
As you must well know, outside of the Church division and discord are a haunt. As you also well know, the Apostolic Fathers were insistent that whatsoever is done outside the purview of the Bishop is done outside of Christ. I strongly recommend you first unite yourself to the Bishop for the purpose of establishing a body for the purpose of petitioning for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, then proceed from there. This will make all things go well for you, from beginning to ultimate end ; in fact, you may find it quite a boon. It would also give you an early indication of your Bishop's feelings and concerns about the whole subject matter that may be valuable for informing all other decisions and moves towards the regular celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
Otherwise, this letter is not only well written and beautiful but also full of Christian love.
P.S - I am not a fan of committees :) I wouldn't recommend a committee-style formulation but rather something more heirarchical where responsibility and accountability are clearly defined and outlined. Committees have a horridly bad habit of hiding behing the group name, as it were, and being overly political in their thinking and operations. But this is my personal opinion from historical input : it may well be possible to redeem the name of committee.