Just wondering. My language arts teacher may make me do business letters and I’d like to send a letter to the CDWDS in case that occurs.
Addresses at the end.
Tips for writing to bishops and to the P.C. Ecclesia Dei
Here are good tips for writing to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” (or any other office of the Vatican) and an address:
BE BRIEF. Make your letter no longer than one side of one sheet of paper.
Avoid writing long-hand. Make it easy to read.
Include relevant documents: Vatican dicasteries can’t act solely on the basis of Mrs. Joe Bagofdonuts’s description of events. The best thing you can do is send concrete evidence, printed. If someone wrote and distributed something, send a copy.
If you have relevant past correspondence, such as previous responses from priests or bishops, send copies.
Do not tell them their job! Don’t quote canons, blah blah, as if they didn’t know them already. Leave the incredibly obvious unsaid.
Do not engage in character assassination. State FACTS with as little editorializing as possible. Blathering on and on about how “disobedient” priests or bishops are will not strengthen your case. State facts. They will know if they are disobedient.
If you must talk about your feelings, keep it incredibly short, and do not be mean-spirited. If something made you sad or angry, okay, say it, but don’t DWELL on it. The nastier you are, the weaker your letter will be.
At the end thank the one you are writing to for his service, and promise your prayers. And mean it.
In summary, be brief, send evidence, leave out the obvious, don’t vent.
Remember: if you tell a story, it is hearsay. It really helps to have proofs. If something happens to you personally, it would help your cause if other people also wrote letters in which they describe what they saw and heard. These would then be included with your own letter.
Vatican offices generally can’t do much more than make a simple inquiry unless they are presented with some sort of evidence. This also goes for writing to bishops, though in that case bishops can more easily make inquiries. This is why it is always good to work your way UP the chain of authority: pastor first, then bishop, and finally the Holy See, remember that every Catholic always and at any time has the right to go directly to the Holy See. But if you work your way up the chain, you have more of a paper trail and, perhaps, more proofs to offer that the Holy See should take interest. This is common sense.
Therefore, always keep copies of everything.
For matters having to do strictly with the the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, write to:
William Card. Levada
President of the Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei”
Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio
00120 VATICAN CITY
If you want to know why I think these are good tips, I worked at the P.C. “Ecclesia Dei” for some time.
This is personal experience.
For more general liturgical abuses or matters dealing strictly with the Ordinary Forum of the Roman Rite, write to:
Antonio Card. Canizares Llovera
Prefect of the Congregation for
Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments
Palazzo delle Congregazioni
P.za Pio XII
00120 VATICAN CITY