that of Pope Francis motu proprio has met mixed reactions in France, a stronghold of Latin Mass adherents it tightly regulates, with bishops giving it a cautious welcome while strict traditionalists howled in protest.
The bishops’ conference announced its loyalty to Rome and declared that all must follow its call to “an authentic Eucharistic renewal”, while expressing its “concern and esteem” for “spiritual zeal… and their determination to continue the mission. Of the traditionalists. together “.
They spoke of a balance many dioceses had found traditionalists loyal to the Vatican since Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 motu proprio liberalize the celebration of the Tridentine Mass.
Some bishops had little problem with most traditionalist priests but added that some tried to present the Tridentine Mass as superior to the A new order rite.
Among the detractors, the ultra-traditionalist Society of Saint-Pie X (FSSPX) complained most loudly.
“The clearly expressed goal is to do away with (the Tridentine Mass),” he said. “This clarification is brutal for those who believed they could trust authorities still imbued with liberal values” – FSSPX-speaks for non-traditionalists.
The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), one of the pro-Vatican Ecclesia Dei communities, said the motu proprio was “offensive and very violent”.
“They talk about rejecting the Council, but the Fraternity of Saint Peter has never rejected Vatican II”, declared the superior of FSSP France, Fr. Benoît Paul-Joseph. “There will be no more stability… it is an obstacle to the last faithful of the missal of Saint Pius V, whom they accompany therapeutically, as in palliative care.
The refusal of the priests of the FSSP to concelebrate with the diocesan clergy in the ordinary rite prompted the Archbishop of Dijon Roland Minnerath to end their 23-year mission in a church in the city.
The participants in the Latin Mass reacted with frustration. “First we had a vaccination passport, now we have a liturgical passport,” sighs during a traditionalist mass in Lille.
According to Christophe Geffroy, editor-in-chief of the traditionalist monthly The nave, 85 percent of French priests celebrating in the extraordinary form are faithful to the Vatican.
Most have found a balance, sometimes precarious, between cooperating with the local bishop and defending the extraordinary form. It is this communion that the Episcopal Conference seemed anxious to preserve.
“Little by little, some wanted to say that the extraordinary form was better than the ordinary form”, declared Mgr d’Arras Olivier Leborgne, vice-president of the bishops’ conference. “We have noticed a certain shift from some (traditionalists) but we cannot say that this is the norm for all of France.