Pope Challenged Over Catholic Dogma
International Declaration in Support of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI


(www.RemnantNewspaper.com) Today, February 12, 2008, the international Rabbinical Assembly, representing some 1,600 conservative rabbis worldwide, issued a "resolution" declaring that it is "dismayed and deeply disturbed" over Pope Benedict's reiteration of Catholic doctrine on salvation in the recently revised Good Friday Prayer. This same Assembly voted to formally pressure the Vatican to "clarify the text's meaning." However, the text is perfectly clear, and the Pope is not obliged to alter or "clarify" Church teaching in response to "resolutions" adopted by non-Catholic organizations. Besides, the Pope's magnanimous decision to revise the Prayer in the first place has already addressed any possible concerns the Rabbinical Assembly might profess to have. We are deeply concerned that such public relations tactics could become a precedent for interference in the affairs of the Church by pressure groups that do not share her beliefs.

In response to the attempt by the Assembly and others to use the mass media to manipulate the Supreme Pontiff in this matter over the past several days, a number of Catholic priests, newspaper editors, journalists, and attorneys have signed the following Declaration in support of Pope Benedict and his sacred right and duty to preach the Gospel and defend the dogmas of the Catholic Church. We ask visitors to this website to send the Holy Father a note of support and a promise of prayer during this ordeal. Over the next several days, a number of additional signatories—Catholic and non-Catholic—will join in this Declaration, which will be dispatched by special courier to the Vatican at week's end. MJM

International Declaration in Support of

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI


His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI PP
Apostolic Palace
Via Del Pellegrino
Citta Del Vaticano 00120
Vatican City State

February 11, 2008

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Your Holiness:

With respect to the revised Solemn Prayer for the conversion of the Jewish people to be used in the Good Friday liturgy according to the Roman Missal of 1962, we the undersigned hasten to voice our support for Your Holiness as you face widespread criticism by persons and groups who complain that even the revised prayer is unacceptable.

Acting in good faith to address what was being exploited as an objection to the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass to its rightful place in the Church, Your Holiness has succeeded in restating in a most charitable way the infallible teaching of the Magisterium that salvation is possible only through Jesus Christ. The Church and the world will be graced by your courageous decision to retain in the revised prayer the Church’s unwavering intention for the Jewish people, whom you love:  “May our God and Lord enlighten their hearts, so that they may acknowledge Jesus Christ, saviour of all men.” The new prayer also nobly and charitably expresses the perennial hope of the Catholic faithful, first voiced by Saint Paul himself in his Epistle to the Romans, that “as the fullness of the Gentiles [the nations] enters into Thy Church, all Israel may be saved.”

By reformulating the traditional prayer without compromising its doctrinal integrity, Your Holiness has reminded the world that the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an infinite ocean of love, contains all peoples, especially that people from which Our Lord Himself is descended. As Saint Paul declares in the eleventh chapter of Romans, which the new prayer clearly invokes: “I say then: Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people, which he foreknew.” Catholics know that God casts no one away, and that souls can only cast themselves away by resisting the grace that Christ won for all humanity on the Cross.

The action taken by Your Holiness means it can no longer be said that the traditional Good Friday prayer for the conversion of the Jewish people is but an heirloom of an outmoded theology. With only a few words Your Holiness has demonstrated that the Magisterium cannot and does not reverse itself on matters of salvation, that now, as always, all men are saved by Christ, that all are called to be one in Him and only in Him, and that this unity in Him is to be found only in the Mystical Body of His Church, wherein, as Saint Paul teaches, “There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28)

To abandon, for the sake of human respect, the Church’s prayer for the salvation of any people would be the greatest sin against charity. But Your Holiness has forthrightly resisted the pressure for such a capitulation, exerted by people who do not yet understand what the Church is and who her Founder is. We are privileged to stand with Your Holiness as you suffer the protestations of those who would presume to call upon the Vicar of Christ to compromise the Faith to suit “modern” sensibilities.

We must say that the controversy over the Good Friday prayer seems to us symptomatic of a situation in which it is becoming ever more perilous to defend the integrity of the Faith before what Your Holiness calls a “dictatorship of relativism,” which some would call Liberty.  Know, Holy Father, that we would be willing, should God give us the grace, to sacrifice our very lives for the defense of your person, your office, and your sovereign right to teach all nations the Gospel of Our Saviour Jesus Christ and to defend the prerogatives of His Holy Church.

When you began your pontificate, Holy Father, you made this plea to the faithful, as if you could see the great trials you would soon have to undergo: “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”  You have our prayers, Holy Father!  And you have also our vow before God to remain your loyal subjects, united to our Pope in Christ the King, Lord of the Universe, Lord of History.

Humbly submitted,

Michael J. Matt

Editor, The Remnant



John Blewett

Editor-in-Chief, The Latin Mass Magazine



Pieter Vree

Deputy Editor, New Oxford Review



Rod Pead

Editor, Christian Order

London, England


R. J. Stove
Executive Editor
ORIENS Magazine

Melbourne, Australia


Howard Walsh

President, Keep the Faith, Inc.



Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S., S.T.D.

Professor Emeritus of Theology

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico


Fr. John Paul Echert, S.S.L.

Pastor, St. Augustine Church, Holy Trinity Church



Rev. Fr. Paul J. McDonald


Diocese of Saint Catharines



John Rao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

St. Johns University

Director, Roman Forum


Christopher A. Ferrara, Esq.

President and Chief Counsel

American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc.


Fr. Phil Wolfe, FSSP

Chaplain, Kansas City, KS


Fr. James Gordon, FSSP

Kansas City, KS


Father David Phillipson

Chaplain, Kansas City, MO


Justin E. Walsh, Ph.D.

Professor of History, Retired

Winona, Minnesota



Scott A. Jones


League of St. Michael , Inc.

Our Lady of Victory School 


Albert and Bonnie Huntz


Una Voce-Buffalo


Brian C. Mershon

Journalist, Dallas, Texas


Mark Alessio

Journalist, New York


Brian McCall, Esq.

Associate Professor

University of Oklahoma College of Law


Timothy J. Cullen

Journalist, Argentina


M. Eric Frankovitch, Esq.



Gary Scarrabelotti


Oriens Foundation

Canberra, ACT



Michael R. Hirsh, Esq.

Georgia Litigation Counsel

Catholic Defense Bureau


James Bogle Esq


Inner Temple

London, England

Vice Chairman, the Catholic Union of Great Britain


Thomas F. Portelli, Esq

Vice President and Associate Counsel

American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc.


David L. Sonnier, LTC (Ret)
Associate Professor of Comptuer Science
Lyon College


Patricia McKeever B.Ed. M.Th.

Editor, Catholic Truth



Nathan E. Collins
Head of Library Public Services
Ave Maria School of Law Library
Ann Arbor, MI


Frank M. Rega, S.F.O.

Author, Delaware USA


Drs. John Scott and Ellen Shannon Story

(Physicians and homeschoolers in Charlotte, NC)

Charlotte, NC


(Mr) Hugh Scott

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England




COLOMBIA, South America


Lawrence Gregan

Vianney College,

New South Wales, Australia


Michael S. Vorac, M.A.

Theology Instructor

Bishop Alemany High School

Mission Hills, CA USA


Philippe Cavanagh

Traditional Catholic Layman


  Fr. Thomas Crean OP
  Cambridge, England


Fr Laurence Gresser FSSP

Regional Superior, Australia


Keven Smith

President, Traditional Mass Society Fresno, California


Prof. Mary E. Sisak, Ph.D.

Dept of Chemistry

Slippery Rock University, PA


Mr. Hugh Henry B.Theol, Dip. Ed., B.Phil(Hons), LLb.

Editor, Fidelity Magazine

Victoria, Australia


Lt. Ulysses Zamora, US Navy

Marina, CA


Andrew Senior

Professor of Philosophy and English

St. Mary's College

St. Mary's, KS


Brian J. Kopp, DPM

Podiatrist, Journalist

Johnstown, PA USA


Mr. Wm. Christopher Hoag, M.A.

Parish Catechetical Director

Immaculate Conception Church

Willoughby, Ohio


Father Jerome Fasano


Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church

Front Royal, Virginia


Christian Daisug
U.S. correspondent for the Catholic French daily newspaper Présent
Rockland, Maine , USA


Michael J. Rayes

Rafka Press

Arizona, USA


ENS Philip Gerard Johnson, US Navy

U.S. Naval Officer, Virginia


Jim Gallagher


London, England.


Thomas C. Coleman, Jr.

Assistant Professor of Korean

Defense Language Institute


Thomas Windsor


London, England


Armelle Signargout
U.S. correspondent for the Catholic French biweekly newspaper L'Homme Nouveau
Rockland, Maine USA


Bo Hagerf, Esq.


Kingdom of Sweden


Diane Taylor  (B.Theol, PGDipTheol, DipProfEth)

Chairman Association of Catholic Women New Zealand

Titirangi, Auckland , New Zealand


Jonas Vilimas,

University Lector,

Vilnius, Lithuania (Europe)


Juan Manuel Soria Acuña, Lawyer
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Valdemar Menezes
Senior Editor, O POVO (Newspaper)
Fortaleza-CE, Brazil


William B. & Janice E. Marshall,

St. Michael's Latin Mass Society

Onalaska, Washington, USA


Dr Alcuin Reid

Liturgical Scholar & Author

London, England


Edward & Agnes C. Dziedzic

Coordinators St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church—St. Pius X

Germantown, TN


Roy F. Moore
Contributing Editor, Gilbert Magazine
U. S. A.


Ulf Silfverling


Stockholm, Sweden


Colm S Muireagain

Research Officer

Manorhamilton, Ireland


Martin Blackshaw

Remnant Columnist, Scotland, UK


Rev. Matthew J. Pomilio, Ph.D.

Diocese of Brooklyn


Fr. Rommel P. Tolentino

Parochial Vicar

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church

Diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana



James S. Taylor, Ph.D.

Author, Poetic Knowledge

Professor - Great Books Discussions

Maple Hill, Kansas


Edward A. David

President, Domini Canes: Catholic Study Group

New York University, NYC, USA


Graham Moorhouse

Editor St Bede's Traditionalist Newsletter

Co-founder of the Catholic Unattached Directory.



Fr Timothy Finigan MA STL
Tutor in Sacramental Theology, St John's Seminary, Wonersh

Parish Priest, Author of "The hermeneutic of continuity" blog


Alexandre Semedo de Oliveira, Judge

An author of the website www.veritatis.com.br,

(largest Catholic site in the Portughese Language)

Franca, São Paulo, Brazil


James Kalb

Lawyer and Author

Brooklyn, NY


Chris Conlee

Attorney at Law

Santa Fe, NM



Alvaro C. Luna-Requena


Buenos Aires, Argentina


Father William N. Ventura

Parochial Vicar

Saint John the Evangelist Church

Archdiocese of Boston



Stephen P. Schutte

Chairman, Latin Mass Committee.

Sacred Heart Church

Cincinnati, OH


David Fhlug

President, Una Voce Upper Penisula of Michigan

Gwinn, Michigan



Lawyer and Contracted Professor of Civil Law

Rio de Janeiro State University.

Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


Mons. Pablo I. Martínez

Prelate of Honor of His Holiness

 Pastor (Emeritus) Cathedral of Saint Anthony of Padua, Diocese of Concordia


Francisco Razzari,

Ceremonery of the Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua

Diocese of Concordia


Nicolas Moulins,

Auxiliary Ceremonery  of the Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua

Diocese of Concordia


Very Rev Fr. Michael Mary, C.SS.R.

Vicar General

Transalpine Redemptorists

Golgotha Monastery Island

Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK 


Very Rev Fr. Anthony Mary, C.SS.R.


Transalpine Redemptorists

Golgotha Monastery Island

Papa Stronsay, KW17 2AR

Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK 


Mons. Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula, S.T.D., J.D.

Director of the Rome Office

Human Life International


Julian Chadwick

Chairman Latin Mass Society of England and Wales


Father Martin Edwards


St Mary Magdalen, Wandsworth, London


Armand Lamorte

Moderator and founding member of the Tridentine Mass Movement in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines


Fr.Otto Michael Schneider M.A.

Parish Priest, Holy Cross Parish Eskilstuna/Sweden

Conventual Chaplain Order of Malta


Steven Justice

Associate Professor, Department of English

University of California, Berkeley

George A. Jocums, PhD


Franko and Margrit Sokolic

Founder Members of Pro-Life South Africa

Cape Town

Republic of South Africa


Shaun M. P. Slocum, Esq.

Cheshire, Connecticut   USA


Vincent Paul Alcazar


Republic of the Philippines


Luis F. Estrada

Attorney at Law

Miami, Florida USA


Anthony Tramontano, M.D.
New York, NY


Frater Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.
Heiligenkreuz, Austria


Dr. Jörgen Vijgen

Professor of Philosophy



Rev’d. Dr. Laurence Paul Hemming

Theologian and Philosopher, Society of St. Catherine of Siena

London, England


Steven Tackett
Nuclear Medicine Technician
Lexington, KY USA

Fr. Robert O'Neill

Dr. Thomas Pink
Reader in Philosophy
Director, Centre for Philosophical Studies
Department of Philosophy
King's College London
London, England

Thomas J. Craughwell
Bethel, Connecticut, USA

Brother Rupert Allen
Canon of Premontre, Canonry of Corpus Christi, Manchester
St. Chad's Priory,
Manchester, England

James Bemis

Catholic Author

Simi Valley, CA  USA


Fr Andrew Wadsworth
Chaplain of Harrow School,
Archdiocese of Wetsminster (UK).


Rev. Fr. Edmund A. Castronovo


St. Joseph's Church

Oneida, New York


William A. Torchia, Esquire
Attorney at Law


Marty Corboy
Summorum Pontificum Wangaratta


Tom Luciani

Voice of Catholic Tradition

WALK Radio

 Patchogue, Long Island, NY


Rev. Richard Libby

Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church

Alice, TX


LCDR Michael John Brons, U.S. Navy

Naval Officer, Virginia


Rev. Michael J. Morrow

Parochial Vicar

St. Eugene's Church

Yonkers, NY


Robert P. Beaurivage, Esq.

San Diego, CA, USA



Editor-in-chief Christianitas

Brwinow (Poland)


Thomas J. Piatak, Esq.

Attorney and Journalist

Cleveland, Ohio


Austin T. Welsh MD

Una Voce Northwest Arkansas

Springdale, Arkansas, USA


Joe Hebert
President, Una Voce Quad Cities, USA

Eva L. Sturchio
President, Una Voce Newark
New Jersey, U.S.A.

Padre Jose Agustin Orellana

Vicario Parroquial

Saint Thomas Aquinas Bronx NY


Fr. Paschal U. Onunwa, Ph.D
Parochial Vicar
Archdiocese of Philadelphia


John Kamprath

Professional Development Director

National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS) USA


Suzette M. Murphy
St. Michael's Academy
Carmichael, CA


James Kalb

Lawyer and author

Brooklyn, NY


John J. Cook, Esq.

Attorney, Memphis, Tennessee


Dr. G.C. Dilsaver, PsyD, MTS

Harrisburg, Pa


Brother Andre Marie, M.I.C.M.
Saint Benedict Center
Richmond, New Hampshire


Father John George
St John Vianney Villa


Mr. Andrew Koh
Representative, Una Voce Singapore Chapter
and the Singapore Traditional Latin Mass Community 

John C. Médaille
Adjunct Instructor, Theology
The University of Dallas
Irving, Texas

Barbara Wyman


Lake Charles, Louisiana


Teresa Manidis
Writer, Published Author, Home School Parent
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, USA


Dan O'Rourke
Chairman, Advocates for Catholic Tradition
Queen of Angels Roman Catholic Church

Port Angeles, WA, USA


Eloise Raeder

vice president of Vancouver Traditional Mass Society

Vancouver BC Canada


Felipe Alanis


Una Voce Mexico

Monterrey Mexico


Paul Bailes

University Professor, Australia


Dr. Susan Frank Parsons, President
Society for the Study of Christian Ethics
Society of St Catherine of Siena
Derbyshire UK


Fr. Robert Jackson, SSPX
Assistant Priest
Wanganui, New Zealand


Nicholas J. Mitchell
Port Elizabeth
South Africa


Fr John Fongemie FSSP

Maple Hill, KS, U.S.A.


Mr. Ben Whitworth
Associate Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies
Leeds Trinity and All Saints, UK

Paul Domingo Molina
Archdiocese of Singapore

Mrs. Yvonne Windsor
Office Administrator
Latin Mass Society of England and Wales


Francis J. Chow


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Joel Iddings

Chairman of the Board of Padre Pio Academy

Garden Grove, California  USA


Brian D.Pouliot, BA, BPh, MA (Cand)

Treasurer, Preserving Christian Publications, Inc

Boonville, NY


Riley J. Romeo, Jr., Esq.
Charleston, West Virginia

Bill Mertka
Vice President of Product Management
Software Industry

Geneva, IL, USA


Father François Dupré la Tour OSB, STD,

Professor of Dogmatical Theology and Ecclesiology

Flavigny (France)


Fr John Britto OSB

Abbaye Saint Joseph

Flavigny, France


Michael P. Christensen, M.D.

Post Falls, Idaho 83854, USA


Graeme Frost

English Language Teacher, Aardvark Centre for English

Bydgoszcz, Poland


Colm S. Muireagain

Research Officer, Manorhamilton



Kevin Rowles
Twickenham, England


Andre Roncolato Siano

Consultant in Biology and Health

Church of the Monastery of St. Benedict

São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Ryan Coffey

Faculty, Land Policy

Michigan State University Extension


Siegfried Karl Lauinger

Mitglied der Katholischen Pfarrei

Heilige Sieben Brüder

In der Diözese Limburg - Deutschland


Mikolaj Malinowski
Stockholm, Sweden


Matthias Lampaert


Donald P. Goodman III

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Martinsville, VA  United States


Andras Kuthi, Ph.D.


Thousand Oaks, CA. USA


Fr. Glen Tattersall


Latin Mass Community, Melbourne, Australia


Steven Terenzio

Catholic School Administrator

Stamford, Connecticut



Willard King

Escondido, CA



Suzanne Romano


Bardstown, Kentucky



Pierre Messier

Interpreter and Writer

Montreal, Canada


Mr. D'Arcy Drachenberg

Manager, International Communications & Protocol

Office of International Affairs

Korea University

Anam-Dong, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul 136-701 Korea


Commander Michael V. Goshgarian, US Navy
Va. Beach, VA


Ensign David E. Faherty III, USN
Spatra, NJ


LTC(R) and Mrs. Timothy S. Ecoff
U. S. Army, Retired
Leavenworth, KS
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Latin Mass Community
Kansas City, KS


David C. LaPlante
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Kansas City Missouri


Fr. Armand de Malleray

General Secretary FSSP


Paul Dudenhefer, Ph.D.
Williford, Arkansas


Erin Devery

Treasurer, St. Thomas Aquinas Circle

New York University Catholic Center

New York, NY, USA


Mr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Paulitz

Alexandria, VA


Dana A. Cole

Assistant to the Rector & Episcopal Delegate

St. Francis de Sales Oratory

St. Louis, MO


Andrew Attar, Jr.
Major, US Army
Ankara, Turkey


Jack P. Oostveen

Assistent Professor at the Delft University of Technology

President of Ecclesia Dei Delft, The Netherlands


Fr. Terrence Gordon,FSSP

Asst. Chaplain, Little Rock, AR


Fr. Thomas M. Longua, FSSP Chaplain

(Plus 54 Students)

 St. Gregory's Academy, Moscow, PA


Fr Nigel Griffin
Senior Catholic Chaplain

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Diocese of Westminster


Michael A. Kawash, Esquire


Charleston, West Virginia


Mary Ann Kreitzer
President, Les Femmes
Woodstock, VA, USA


Piotr Sawicki




Sheila T. Parkhill, Attorney at Law
The Holy Family Society
Tucson, Arizona


Alice A. Grayson

President of Veil of Innocence


Alfred Bajena

Dyrektor Zespołu Szkół
im. Jana Pawła II w Siemiatyczach



Roman Wieczorkiewicz

Journalist, Poland


Mateusz Markiewicz

Wroclaw, Poland


Oliver M. Schmitz

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer)

Diez / Germany


Sebastian Swiderski




Radoslaw Kukulski


Lublin, Poland


Mr. Michael Buszewski
"Pro Fide Rege et Lege",  Editor
Warsaw, Poland


Oscar D. Plata  D.F



Andrzej Lewandowicz, PhD, DSc. Habil.



Alicja Babkiewicz
"Voice for Life" magazine


Mónica M. Plata  D.F.



Arkadiusz Babczuk, Ph.D.

Wrocław, POLAND


Father Ivo Õunpuu,
Parish priest of Pühavaimu Katoliku Kogudus

Valga, Estonia


Tania M. Espejel  D.F


Margarita Ortiz  D.F


Antonio Plata  D.F



Henryk Bejda


Cracow (Poland)


Gustavo D. Plata  D.F.



Marek Łazarowicz


Warsaw, Poland


Piotr Falkowski

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University

Warsaw, Poland


Mariusz Blochowiak, PhD
Research Scientist, Oslo


Piotr Ochwal

Societas Silesiana Pro Missa Tridentina

Katowice, Poland


Landy M. Espejel   D.F.


Landy M. Sabido  D.F


Marco A. Espejel  D.F


Laura G. Plata  D.F


Isabel Rivas León


Antonio I. Plata León


Isabel Plata León



Andrew J. Lickteig, Ph.D.

St. Louis, MO


Jacqueline M. Barton
Respect Life Coordinator
St. Eugene's Church
Yonkers, NY, USA


Denis Giannelli

The Fr. Fahey Institute

New York


CMSgt John J. Davis, USAF (Ret.)

Traditional Roman Catholic


Mrs. Pauly Fongemie

Winthrop, Maine USA


Timothy A. Schrand - Engineer and Father of 3
Angela M. Schrand - Homeschooling Mother of 3
Waynesville, OH USA


A. Joshua Vargas

President, Newman Club: Catholic Undergraduates New York University Catholic Center

New York, NY, USA


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Longua
Westminster, CO


Douglas Zeitz

Una Voce Palo Alto

(Fremont, CA, USA)


Rosemary Chandler


Western  Australia


Mihovil (Michael) Škarpa
Pro Fide Catholic Bookstore
Bromley, UK


Anna Kulach, John Kulach

Calgary, AB, Canada


Paul V. Cyr
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Latin Mass Community
Denver Archdiocese, Colorado, USA


Dr. Christopher J Marascalco Cummins, Physician

Mrs. Eliana A Vallejo Cummins, Full-time Mother SSPX

Blue Mountain, Mississippi


Daphne McLeod

Chairman, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice,



John C. Dailey, MD

Patricia A. Dailey

The St. John Fisher Forum

Jacksonville, Ill, USA



Please Note: Signatures are being added in the order received. Hundreds of additional signatures have been received and will be appended to this Declaration to be sent to the Holy Father under the heading "Supporters of the International Declaration." We have arranged with our contacts in Rome to have this Declaration placed directly in the hands of those inside the Vatican most able to ensure the Holy Father will personally see it. So, please, if you haven't done so already, click here to sign the Declaration before Monday noon.  Many thanks.