A group of prominent Brits, including the renowned composer Sir James MacMillan whose Stabat Mater was performed in the Sistine Chapel for Vatican dignitaries, have sent a letter to Pope Francis asking him not to further restrict the Latin Mass, The Pillar reports:

“In a letter to the Times of London, published July 3, more than 40 signatories, Catholic and non-Catholic — including Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, human rights activist Bianca Jagger, and opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa — lamented ‘worrying reports from Rome that the Latin Mass is to be banished from nearly every Catholic church.'”

“’We implore the Holy See to reconsider any further restriction of access to this magnificent spiritual and cultural heritage,’ said the letter, also signed by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, historian Tom Holland, and Princess Michael of Kent, a member of Britain’s royal family.

The letter explicitly echoed an appeal by artists and writers published by the Times of London in July 1971. The signatories of the earlier letter, including mystery writer Agatha Christie, novelist Graham Greene, and violinist Yehudi Menuhin, expressed alarm at reports of ‘a plan to obliterate’ the pre-Vatican Council II Mass. That appeal reached Pope Paul VI, who is said to have exclaimed ‘Ah, Agatha Christie!’ as he read the list of signatories.”

The letter was published in the Times of London and we are told also delivered to Pope Francis himself.

Archbishop Salvatore just responded, tweeting this morning:

“The widely diverse coalition of signers of the petition to Pope Francis demonstrates that, even beyond its spiritual value, the Traditional Latin Mass is a cultural treasure that has inspired artistic creativity of every kind & in every age, building what we know as Western Civilization. I thank them for making their voices heard.”

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