Rorate Coeli again is helping us keep informed about what the French Bishops are doing in the plenary meeting of their conference.
Yesterday we saw Card. Ricard, President of the conference, Archbishop of Bordeaux and member of the Pont. Comm. "Ecclesia Dei" give a speech intended to calm the bishops down a little in the matter of a) setting up the new traditionalist community in his own diocese of Bordeaux and b) a possible future expansion of the use of the 1962 Missale Romanum.
Today we see some more of the doings of the French bishops. Via Rorate Coeli I read with astonishment an incredibly snarky letter by the Bishop of Soisson to TÃƒÂ©moignage chrÃƒÂ©tien. Here is the text Rorate Coeli published (my emphasis and comments):
I join all those who deplore the creation of the Institute of the Good Shepherd without an understanding with the diocese of Bordeaux and its bishop. [I don't get it. In other words he deplores the Holy See who set it up?] I seriously fear the motu proprio announced by the pope himself [?] [Ehem... who else would do it?] on the general availability of the celebration of the mass from before the Council.
I wrote in "La Vie diocÃƒÂ©saine" [the diocesan paper] on November 1:
"Whatever shall be the decisions pope Benedict XVI shall make in liturgical matters, we cannot compromise with traditionalists [So much for flexibility and dialogue. LibertÃƒÂ©! Ãƒâ€°galitÃƒÂ©! FraternitÃƒÂ©!] on the orientations provided by the Second Vatican Council. They are vital for the Church and her involvement in the present world."
"We will not be able to accept the division of our communities according to individual liturgical sensitivities and tastes". [I am very pleased that His Excellency will now be putting an end to all violations of the rubrics and illicit liturgical creativity in his diocese.]
Traditionalist priests, the leaders of this movement, are using the Latin mass as a standard-bearer for a conception of the world and of mankind which is the opposite of the spirit of the conciliar constitution "On the Church in the Modern World" [Gaudium et Spes]. [Probably, yes. That is a big problem for many of them. Most of them, however, just want a Mass without "individual liturgical sensitivities and tastes" inflicted on them by their priests and liturgical ministers when they go to their nearly empty churches.] The violence and arrogance [VIOLENCE???] of the leaders of this movement are not compatible with the values of the Gospel of the Beatitudes.
Bishop of Soissons, Laon, and Saint-Quentin.
To be fair, to give His Excellency his due, I will admit that I have been tempted to violence a few times at the sight of some of the things I have seen in churches.