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“What does NCCL do, anyway?”

It’s a question on the mind of many a caller. Frankly, the apostolate handles issues and problems that no other group will even touch.

We’re small. We’re humble. We get results. The NCCL statement of purpose brochure lists the broad scope of the apostolate’s no-compromise action.

A concrete example?

In pamphlet no. 5 (links below) you’ll read correspondence — conducted by NCCL at the request of collaborators — with the Bishop of Arlington (Virginia) and the Commission Ecclesia Dei in Rome.

After approximately 200 letters (written by NCCL for collaborators) to Bishop Loverde and Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos between April 2004 and December 2005, the traditional Roman Liturgy returned to Arlington.

Deo gratias!

That’s almost a year and an half of persistent, plodding correspondence: teaching, persuading, and politely insisting that all the Christians wish to do is pray for heaven’s sake … quite literally.

Most of the 200 letters were repetitive, the initial 75 or so resembling the first letter found under page no.1.

Simply click on the link (below) to each numbered page of the correspondence to view the contents of the pamphlet — now ‘declassified’ from NCCL’s ‘TOP SECRET’ archives.

page 1 of the pamphlet/correspondence — letter dated May 18, 2004 to The Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, being a sample of approximately 75 letters of its kind requesting application of Pope John Paul II’s Indult which declared that the use of the traditional Roman Missal of 1962 must be made widespread, recognized the “aspirations” of those “attached to” it as “legitimate”, and demanded that respect be shown by all for those aspirations, everywhere

page 2 of the correspondence — letter dated May 27, 2004 from the Arlington Chancery communicating His Excellency’s rejection of said request … and in general revealing his (or/and the author’s) ignorance or disregard of every point in the request – from its plain English to the Pope’s plain Latin: and probably anything Catholic in between

page 3 of the correspondence — letter dated April 30, 2004 to The Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington (Virginia), being another request for application of Pope John Paul II’s Indult, with explanations of the Pope’s decree citing Ecclesial authorities including the Pope

[Nota bene: Fr. Mealy’s letter (cf. page 2, above) dated May 27 was sent verbatim in reply also to the letter that appears on page 3.]

page 4 of the correspondence — letter dated July 10, 2004 to Bishop Loverde, reiterating and magnifying the request and reasons for acceding to it

page 5 of the correspondence — (facsimile) letter dated July 16, 2004 from the Arlington Chancery communicating His Excellency’s consideration of the repeated request … after retreat, followed by vacation, and fall …and then some more stalling

page 6 of the correspondence — letter dated October 21, 2004 to Bishop Loverde, reminding that he promised a decision by autumn, and offering help to apply the Indult

page 7 of the correspondence — letter dated October 28, 2004 from the Arlington Chancery communicating His Excellency’s response: ‘thanks but no thanks’, and … more stalling

page 8 of the correspondence — letter dated December 27, 2004 to Bishop Loverde, asking what it is about the Indult that it is still not applied in Arlington after 16 years

page 9 of the correspondence — letter dated January 6, 2005 to His Eminence, Dario Castrillón Hoyos, presenting a cri de coeur of faithful sons & daughters for help: just to pray

page 10 of the correspondence — letter bearing protocol no. 36/2005 dated March 8, 2005 from the Commission Ecclesia Dei in Rome indicating that His Eminence, Cardinal Castrillón, is investigating, with expectation that the resolution will follow soon

page 11 of the correspondence — letter (p. 1/2) of February 15, 2005 to Bishop Loverde from a Mother of nine, with a simple question: when are you going to obey your Father?

page 12 of the correspondence — letter (p. 2/2) of February 15, 2005 to Bishop Loverde from a Mother of nine

page 13 of the correspondence — letter dated May 13, 2004 [sic – 2005] from the Arlington Chancery communicating that His Excellency is “consulting, listening and evaluating”, in order to … stall some more

page 14 of the correspondence — letter of March 22, 2005 to Bishop Loverde asking again: why so long to wait?

page 15 of the correspondence — letter dated April 13, 2005 from the Arlington Chancery communicating that His Excellency is … stalling some more

page 16 of the correspondence — letter of April 13, 2005 to Bishop Loverde clarifying: the request we make is not ‘sharing concerns’, ‘expressing opinions’ ‘advocating something’, supporting or even asking for ‘The Mass’; rather to request application of the Indult

page 17 of the correspondence — letter dated April 21, 2005 from the Arlington Chancery communicating His Excellency’s reasons for … stalling some more

page 18 of the correspondence — letter dated June 11, 2005 to Bishop Loverde, explaining why his reasons do not add up, only drag out the inevitable

page 19 of the correspondence — letter dated June 27, 2005 from the Arlington Chancery politely prolonging His Excellency’s stalling tactics

page 20 of the correspondence — letter dated August, 2005 to Bishop Loverde, asking when he (instead of his Vicar General) will finally give the courtesy of reply to the numerous Catholics asking for application of the Indult in Arlington

page 21 of the correspondence — letter dated December 12, 2005 to His Eminence, Dario Castrillón Hoyos, presenting another cri de coeur for help; and reminding that when bishops reject the Holy See’s criteria for reconciliation, they begin a course which will lead them and their flocks outside the Church

page 22 of the correspondence — letter bearing protocol no. 20/2006 dated February 7, 2006 from the Commission Ecclesia Dei in Rome

After approximately 200 letters (written by NCCL for collaborators) to Bishop Loverde and Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos between April 2004 and December 2005, the traditional Roman Liturgy returned to Arlington.

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