Monday, July 30, 2012

Neo-Conservative French Bishop More Eager to Accomodate Ecumenism Than Catholicism

Edit: despite great demand, Bishop d'Ornellas refuses to supply the people with access to a Traditional Latin Mass as prescribed by Summorum Pontificum.  Yet the decadent Diocese is ready to do their best to accommodate halal and kosher meals for non-Catholics in the name of inter-religious dialog. 

We received the following report from and a thoughtful reader which we translated with google. 

"When we go on holiday in Britain, usually we go to Mass at the very welcoming Chapel of St. Anne (St. Malo). This place of worship is served by the Society of St. Pius X to which we have only sympathy. 
The climate a little heavy around the SSPX recently led us to seek yet another traditional place of worship. It's simple, outside of the apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King, in Rennes, there is nothing! Yet I can assure you there, especially in the Rance estuary, between Dinard / St Briac Saint-Malo/Cancale and a potential supply of faithful of the SSPX (in Rennes, Saint Malo and St. Mary's School of the Holy Father, not to mention Lanvallay in the neighboring diocese of Saint-Brieuc) is not enough to satisfy, especially in the summer. 
In short, we chose to do some sightseeing and liturgical masses alternating holidays with the apostolate of ICRSP in Rennes, the Mass in Gregorian chant of the Cathedral of Saint-Malo, a legacy of the wonderful canon Orhant who led control of the cathedral for many years, and probably the SSPX August 15. 
Our first choice was there and Rennes, what a shock! A chapel in a neighborhood eccentric, in a sorry state and packed even though friends told us that during the school year, there are still more people. 
I know you have already repeatedly addressed the issue Rennes in your letters but I think you should come back. Would not that because the faithful with whom I discussed at the exit of the Mass have taught me that the mayor of Rennes had announced the construction of a subway station near the chapel and they not know what would happen to them during this project due to start in September and could last two years. 
Before the ad limina visits, I think a letter explaining liturgical Peace that ultimately the Motu Proprio of Benedict XVI is still lacking in an honest application as important as the Archdiocese of Rennes could do good to the followers of Archbishop d'Ornellas as those of other dioceses where Catholics are still traditional sensitivity and always treated as second-class Catholics. ". 
It is with pleasure, alas! we respond to the request of our readers and carry back our attention to the diocese entrusted to Bishop d'Ornellas. In fact, we could take almost verbatim our 287 Letter of June 17, 2011 as the situation is frozen. 
1) Our drive begins by pointing out the existence of a high potential of faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite between Dinard and Saint-Malo, especially in summer. This is so true that a request for implementation of the Motu Proprio was made ​​pastor of Dinard in ... 2009. Without success, since the priest had wished to seek a petition Episcopal - yet canonically useless - which never came. 
In fact, the reigning Archbishop d'Ornellas, there is no more possibility of regular celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Dinard that there has to Redon, Vitre or Châteaubourg, even , as was the case for the latter parish, the application file ends up being sent to Rome. From the mold of Paris, Mgr d'Ornellas is on principle opposed to any initiative, as well as liturgical or doctrinal spiritual, traditional color. Italian Vatican expert Sandro Magister also recently associated the name of Bishop d'Ornellas to that of Cardinal Vingt-Trois to evoke the French prelates refused to consider, unlike the Pope, "the traditionalist world - very much alive in France, there component not included in its Lefebvrist - more as a resource than a problem. " 
If we add to this that Monsignor d'Ornellas is renowned in all areas, and to everyone, just the opposite of dialogue, to put it lightly (1), few faithful dare to ask for hearing ... Hence the judgment of applications (formally expressed) in the diocese. Anyway, as he says and rehearsed by a clergy submitted more than an accomplice, the Episcopal line is that demand is satisfied since there is the chapel of St. Francis. 
2) The Chapel of St. Francis is the historic site of the application of the Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei of 1988 in the diocese of Rennes. For a dozen years, one of the celebrants were Father Anthony Perrero, La Salette missionary called to God in 2010. It is he who has gradually passed the torch to the Institute of Christ the King, establishing over time a close relationship with the Institute. 
In his will, Father Perrero had expressed his wish that his funeral be celebrated at St. Francis according to the traditional liturgy. A vow which Mgr d'Ornellas replied with a bad grace, celebrating a Mass in Latin, Paul VI, awkward - especially reading sections aloud - and preaching against the extraordinary form that would deprive the faithful recitation of the Our ​​Father ... A hurtful attitude and shocking not only for the faithful of St. Francis but also for pilgrims who discovered thanks to La Salette Father Perrero, often foreign to the extraordinary form, and his brother priests who came with him in his final resting place. 
3) Meanwhile, as noted by our colleague Riposte Catholic Diocese of Rennes practice interreligious dialogue at a level rarely seen. From 17 to 22 July, a session devoted to Judaism interdiocesan was organized in order to "discover the Christians inexhaustible spiritual wealth" of it. Yes, you read well, the target of these days were primarily Christians, "young and old, priests, seminarians, catechists, Catholic school teachers, lay responsibility in the Church." It is well beyond what is usually done in the dioceses on behalf of the declaration Nostra Aetate,especially as the registration form states that "all meals will be kosher" (and why the Halal meat was it not foreseen?). 
Even without considering the merit of such an initiative, we can only frown upon reading the key words for this event - "Distinguish not separate and unite without confounding" - as they are in glaring contrast with the ostracism are victims, in the diocese of Rennes, Catholics attached to the traditional liturgy. [It's ok to ostracize traditionalists, but you must accommodate other religions even if you compromise your own]
In his letter to the bishops of 7 July 2007 accompanying the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict does not he called all his brother bishops, including Bishop d'Ornellas therefore, to "make every effort to ensure that all those who truly desire unity have the opportunity to remain in that unity "and to let them into their heart" everything that the faith itself made ​​up "? 
4) To return to our reader mail, we can confirm, from reading the website of the city of Rennes, in 2019, at least if the work knows no time, the station Mabilais of line B local subway will open right in front of the court of St. Francis. According to documents available online, the early work of structural work should not occur before 2013. There is not yet an emergency but it is legitimate that we ask ourselves the question of continuity of worship at St. Francis during this long project. This question of the place of worship is not a problem in itself, all the churches of Rennes, once very Catholic, are far from being met (hence the result: this year there has been no ordained priest in the diocese, the clergy is endangered) but could be complicated in a global context episcopal opposition to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. This is not the first time we'd see the enemies of peace enjoy problematic material to break what has developed in sometimes heroic ... 
5) However, the underground work or not, the issue of implementation of the Motu Proprio in the diocese of Rennes exceeds, by far the simplest case of the faithful of the Saint-François. The survey (see our letter 289 ) made ​​for us by JLM Studies Institute in May 2011 has revealed two of three practitioners of the diocese attend at least monthly in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass if it was proposed in their parish. To meet this demand there is still only one place of mass Summorum Pontificum and not a single priest in the whole diocese of Rennes does not apply (however timidly: a mass or a mass per month per week) or can implement the Motu Proprio ... 
The SSPX has, meanwhile, three places of worship, and also the priory of Lanvallay shining over the diocese. And evidence of a situation decidedly far from pacified, Rennes is home to the largest center sedevacantist of France: three Sunday services are offered in a chapel that can hold up to 400 people. 
Obviously, there are many sheep in the diocese of Rennes, the question is: is there a pastor willing to accommodate them? 
(1) In our Letter 287 , "No progress in the diocese of Rennes," we said about the Archbishop: The intellectual Pierre d'Ornellas, belonging - as other senior clerics in Paris, as Antoine Guggenheim - at the Institute of Our Lady of Life, Venasque, was one of several private secretaries who succeeded to Cardinal Lustiger. He was then director of the Cathedral School, a position of extreme confidence, and finally auxiliary bishop in 1997. In politics Parisian "refocusing" of the time, he was one of the most powerful arm, especially the more careful to preserve the young clerics in the capital of any fundamentalist virus. The priests formed by Archbishop d'Ornellas were destined to become an exemplary, like Cardinal Lustiger was fond of telling them, "the first generation that would finally understood the Council." 
He thus became, with Archbishop Vingt-Trois, the closest collaborator of the Archbishop, but in a very different style, forcefully, to the point of succeeding to achieve unanimity, which is rare among the clergy, but against ... him. Its importance in the high clergy of France she will be appointed directly to a metropolitan see, Rennes. 
In his honor, should be noted that Bishop d'Ornellas took strong moral and public positions, which constitute a substantial improvement over the strategy of "burying" that prevailed in the 1970s and who made ​​that the Veil law could pass without any mobilization Episcopal. 
In total, a man of strong (and bad) character, Bishop of Rennes Ornellas intends to make, at a time when the Church is emerging in an indispensable reconciliation built on a true charity and pragmatic, a division of militant and combative 'third way', neither progressive nor -, ever! - Traditionalist. 


Elizabeth D said...

SSPX exercise no legitimate ministry and cannot validly absolve in confession. It is actually terribly sad, a wonderful TLM celebrating American priest visited recently the SSPX chapel in Paris, shares some beautifully Catholic pictures of it, and would have quite liked to go to confession there except that that is sadly impossible, he posted this today:

Tancred said...

I've never heard anyone in the clergy say you can't approach a Society priest for the Sacrament of Penance besides certain lay personalities on the internet.

Jonathan said...


The following is an excerpt rfom the letter Pope Benedict wrote to the world's bishops with regard to the SSPX.

"The fact that the Society of Saint Pius X does not possess a canonical status in the Church is not, in the end, based on disciplinary but on doctrinal reasons. As long as the Society does not have a canonical status in the Church, its ministers do not exercise legitimate ministries in the Church."

The fact that they exercise no legitimate ministry in the Church means that they do not have faculties to hear confessions. You could only approach an SSPX priest in danger of death.

Tancred said...

Jonathan, thanks for your "help", but you should probably have your people talk to Ecclesia Dei and other people to make it clear what's expected of the laity, because that statement falls far and away short of your assertion.

As far as I know Ecclesia Dei's stipulation about the laity participating in the Liturgy is that they can.

And if you insist on playing hardball still, I'll just say that I'm participating in Ecumenism and we'll call it a day.

Tancred said...

Here's a pertinent explanation by way of the Remnant

It is fair to ask: Has this impediment of a need for clarification of doctrinal questions—meaning, of course, questions about Vatican II and nothing else—been erected ad hoc for the Society and only the Society? Is not the impediment itself in need of clarification? In particular, what propositions must the Society affirm in order overcome the nebulous impediment of a need for doctrinal clarification? Are we not dealing with, quite literally, the Vatican II impediment, whatever that might mean? And that is the ultimate question: Does it have any real meaning at all?

We have just received an indication that the answer is in the negative. Rorate Caeli has reported that on May 28, 2011 Father Daniel Couture, the Society’s District Superior of Asia (whom I had the privilege of assisting during a pilgrimage in Japan), was delegated by Bishop Fellay to accept the vows of Mother Mary Micaela, who has transferred from the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of New Zealand, a Novus Ordo congregation, to the Dominican Sisters of Wanganui, established by Bishop Fellay. The report notes that Mother Mary “had special permission from the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes in Rome to do this.”

Obviously, the approval of this transfer implicitly recognizes the ministry of Bishop Fellay in establishing the Dominican Sisters of Wanganui, the ministry of Father Couture in receiving the vows of the Novus Ordo nun who transferred into that order, and the canonical mission of the Society at large in delegating one of its priests, through one of its bishops, to admit a nun into an order with which the Society is affiliated and whose superior is Bishop Fellay.

The doctrinal talks between the Society and the Vatican on the clarification of doctrinal questions concerning Vatican II having been concluded, we are reading reports that Bishop Fellay and two assistants have been summoned to the Vatican for a meeting on September 14, the anniversary of the effective date of Summorum Pontificum, for the ostensible purpose of delivering the Society’s final statement concerning the talks. Is the “Vatican II impediment” about to be removed? Will it join the nonsense about the banning of the traditional Mass in the dustbin of Vatican II mythology? Will the Vatican finally admit that the Council changed nothing, and required nothing from Catholics, concerning what they must believe and practice in order to be in “full communion” with the Church?

It would seem that, given the development with the Sisters of Wanganui, these questions may already have been answered in the affirmative. Of course they will be answered in the affirmative sooner or later, just as we always knew it was only a matter of time before the Pope himself would admit that the traditional Mass was never abrogated and was always permitted.

So much nonsense has been dispelled during this pontificate. The neo-Catholic polemic on the "schism" of traditionalists is now in tatters. When the Society is finally "regularized" de jure—and it is already regularized de facto, who's kidding whom?—what will be left of the neo-Catholic position? Exactly nothing. And when exactly nothing is left of neo-Catholicism, when its claim to be the moral and theological high ground is finally extinguished, then the restoration of the Church can proceed everywhere. Let us hope the date of extinction is on or about September 14, 2011.