Friday, February 17, 2012

The Ancient Rite Reappears in Lourdes

Edit: we were the first English language organization to report on good news abroad in various cases, because we're just cool like that. We already reported about the new Patriarch of Venice, a disciple of Cardinal Siri. We also reported about the appointment of the new Bishop of Lourdes who is a Traditionalist. Now we're pleased to report what can only be a positive effect of that appointment, which is the restoration of the Ancient Rite there for the edification of the pilgrims.
[Chiesa] VATICAN CITY, February 17, 2012 – Following the "personal" appointment of Bishop Francis Moraglia as patriarch of Venice, Benedict XVI has hit a similar shot with the Church of France. He did so last Saturday, February 11, the feast of the Blessed Virgin of Lourdes, when he appointed the new bishop of the diocese in which the famous Marian shrine stands, that of Tarbes and Lourdes. Pope Joseph Ratzinger has called to this post Nicolas Brouwet, who will turn 50 next August 31, since April of 2008 the auxiliary bishop of Nanterre, the diocese in which he was born and was ordained a priest in 1992. The appointment came earlier than expected, since Brouwet's predecessor, Bishop Jacques Perrier, in office since 1997, passed the retirement age of 75 last December 4, and has therefore had just a couple of months of "prorogatio."
Here's some further cautionary analysis about +Brouwet by Chiesa. One must consider that +Brouwet is a member of a religious organization founded by the late Cardinal von Balthazar SJ.
Bishop Brouwet, however, although he is young, is recognized as having a liturgical sensibility that is particularly faithful to tradition. Last December 25, he celebrated Christmas Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, according to the motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum." He has also participated in the traditionalist pilgrimages from Paris to Chartres on Pentecost. His stance on moral issues is also in keeping with tradition. This does not mean that Brouwet is a traditionalist tout court; it is enough to see his official photos in clerical dress to understand this. He belongs instead to that generation of young priests who, like pope Ratzinger, consider the traditionalist world – very lively in France even in its non-Lefebvrist component – more as a resource than as a problem, unlike the progressive old guard of the episcopate, less and less influential, but also the "Lustigerian" generation that now embodies its leadership, through figures like the cardinal of Paris, André Vingt-Trois, or the archbishop of Rennes, Pierre d'Ornellas. Lourdes is not a cardinal diocese, but with its famous Marian shrine it is like the spiritual heart of France. It is there, in fact, that the plenary assembly of French bishops regularly meets. Not to mention the international dimension of the diocese. Faithful, seminarians, priests, bishops and cardinals from around the world arrive there. Some problems of an administrative nature that have been seen recently in the diocese have been monitored with special attention by the Holy See as well.

1 comment:

Aged parent said...

Msgr Brouwet's affection for Urs von Baltasar is a bit troubling, to say the least, since that theologian was one of the worst of the neocon Catholic luminaries. But given your optimistic report I am willing to give the man the benefit of the doubt, and I can only wish him well.