There is an initiative to send a letter to the signer of the cruel, legacy defining Motu Proprio Traditionis custodes aimed at driving Catholics who desire traditional liturigical expressions to and off the peripheries of the Church.

The letter is available in several languages, through a menu at the top of the page.

At the bottom of the page there is a video from Mass of Ages.

You should make this known to all your friends and family, especially those who are mostly participants at the Novus Ordo, but who recognize the value of the Traditional Latin Mass and see that it’s suppression does great harm to the Church and broader world.

It would be helpful also to have NON-CATHOLICS sign the letter (there is a check box to indicate affiliation).   Just as non-Catholic Agatha Christie signed that famous petition to Pope Paul, so too, the presence of non-Catholics on this Open Letter would be helpful.


READ and SIGN the Letter.  HERE


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  2. JesusFreak84 says:

    Signing even though I’m firmly in the camp of, “Petitions don’t work.” (The Agathat Christie thing was decades ago. Name one petition out of “the right” in the last decade that’s accomplished a thing.)

  3. LDP says:

    I have happily signed.

    May I also draw attention to the ‘March of Mothers of Priests’ to Rome later in the year, which has similar hopes as the above petition . They are asking for people to send them letters in support of the TLM which they will then deliver to Rome at the conclusion of their march. They prefer to receive letters by post, however there is an email address for sending your letter to them by PDF if this is not possible. I think they have a deadline of early March for receiving letters.

    Here is their website:


    I too have little hope in these petitions, but surely actions of any kind are better than no action at all. When future generations ask us why we did not do more to oppose the suppression of the Church’s traditions (as I myself wonder of the 1960s Catholic generation), I want to be able to say that I at least did something.

  4. FOLKS: I posted this because I think it is important.


  5. timothyturtle says:

    the substance of our culture and the situation in the Church is in a way the sum total of all of our actions. Every action, no matter how small effects the whole. Each person who kneels to receive communion, each woman that chooses to veil, each sin we choose to commit or not changes the world and the church in some small way.

  6. Ron Van Wegen says:

    [Not Negative!] I signed the petition and tried to make a donation. The donation form won’t accept my Australian address and I can find no contact address for the organization. I subscribed via email but have not received any reply.

  7. Fr. Reader says:


    “Petitions don’t work”. In many cases, it is not just about changing something, it is also about writing history.
    In year 2500 those who study history will be able to say: in 2022 there were many faithful who wanted this and that, even if the authorities did not want.

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  9. Philliesgirl says:

    I had already signed before I saw this as a priest friend (who says the TLM for us when he’s in the neighbourhood) has sent it to me. It may not work, but I wouldn’t say that petitions never work. And at least it’s something.

  10. Gab says:

    Thank you, Father Z.

    I have posted this around all the social media platforms. Along with prayer and fasting, that’s all I can do and if people do or don’t sign that is out of my control.

    I leave it in God’s hands.

  11. Ms. M-S says:

    Though it’s true that “petitions don’t work” on demand, it’s also true that we’re called to witness. Stand up and be counted, whatever happens with that.

  12. donato2 says:

    Perseverance is what works. Signing petitions is part of perseverance. Signing a petition will not in and of itself result is a 180 degree turn but it is a part of the push and it is important to keep pushing in every way possible, day in and day out.

  13. redneckpride4ever says:

    Signed it last night before bed. My wife is currently signing as I type this.

    What’s humorous is right after I read Fr. Z’s statement about no negativity, she states aloud “I don’t think this’ll make a difference”.

    I replied “That’s what Fr. Z wants to avoid!”

    I showed her his statement on my phone and after a somewhat embarrassed grin she proceeded to read and sign.

  14. oledocfarmer says:

    In general petitions may or may not work depending on the recipient. I guess the one certain thing is that they won’t work if they’re not made.

    But as I think we see with the so-called Agatha Christie Indult, petitions can be tools through which the Lord acts. We need to remember that the Lord PREFERS to act through human instruments (people) and human-based instrumentalities (water, oil, plants).

    It may not work — PF seems not to brook dissent well — but it still should be done. And nailed to the Cross.

  15. doghouse says:

    Not trying to cause a trouble (Oh, my Pearls!) but how interesting would it be if someone nailed the petition to some door in the Vatican.

  16. John F. says:

    Even if PF looks at those of us signing as “nattering nabobs of negativism “to quote one of his 1960s/1970s contemporaries, Spiro Agnew, the petition places him in a situation where he can’t claim ignorance regarding the effects of his actions when he faces Christ for his judgement.

  17. InFormationDiakonia says:

    I do not go to the TLM. Attend a good Novus Ordo parish and I happily signed this petition. TLMers I’ve met are some of the most devout people I know. ‘

    I have been to one Latin Mass in my life down in Orlando. I enjoyed it even if I didn’t know Latin. It was packed (this was in 2013) and it was the most reverent Catholic Mass I’d ever been to. And taking Eucharist at the communion rail brought back memories of growing up (Post VII but our church maintained the communion rails – an oddity then).

    I pray that those that want and desire the TLM will be able to have it in the Latin Church freely and not have to go outside to find it. That would be a true shame as the TLM adds so much to our faith and the NO would no doubt benefit from it. This aberration that is the current papacy will come to an end at some point and the Holy Spirit in His goodness will guide the Cardinals to pick a good and humble man as the next Bishop of Rome.

    It was interesting in Canon Law class last semester, we were going to discuss TC….somehow we never got to it. Even had the text of the document sent to us. I still want to discuss this with our canonist instructor.

    And Jack@$$ NO priests who invent “innovations” and mess with the liturgy in the “Spirit of VII”? May they be anathema.

  18. Mariana2 says:


    What doghouse says. More theses and things ought to be nailed to more doors. At Domus Sanctae Marthae, for instance. Hagamos lío!

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