Regular WDTPRS readers will recall the hostile reception of Summorum Pontificum in the Diocese of Chicoutimi in Canada.
I have an update.
A reader sent this:
I have been following your blog with interest for some time now.
I read your post about the Diocese of Chicoutimi and its persistent refusal to allow Summorum Pontificum to be implemented (although, as we both know, no permission is required from the diocese as of September 14, 2007). Those of the faithful who desire the Forma Extraordinaria have a blog, on which I just read an interesting post. The parish priest of the Cathedral used last Sunday’s Masses to preach against the TLM with great force. His "homily" is posted on the site along with a short resumé. Seeing as it is in French, I have taken the liberty to translate the summary of what was said into English. I am sending you the translation as an attached file. You can read the original summary (and/or listen to the "homily" in French) if you understand that language.
The original post in French is dated Sunday, August 3 2008. It is entitled, "Le curé de la cathédrale prêche contre la Messe tridentine".
Shall we have a look at the summary? My emphases and comments.
The Parish Priest of the Cathedral [of Chicoutimi] Preaches Against the Tridentine Mass
The parish priest of the Cathedral of Chicoutimi, Fr. Gaetan Thibeault, preached against the Tridentine Mass at all four Sunday Masses: those of 8:30, 10:00 and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday morning, as well as the Saturday evening Mass at 7:15 p.m.
He began by saying, "Allow me this morning to give not a homily, but to enlighten you in regards to a request that was made by a group of people in the diocese."
The parish priest denounced the group from Chicoutimi by affirming that "those who signed the request do not respect authority, because they continue to desire the Tridentine Mass." [Apparently to desire the older form of Mass is now a way of lacking respect for authority. What sort of "authority" would assert that?] He added that "it is the bishop who is responsible for pastoral activity and for the liturgy in his diocese." He then declared, "The Pope is not the universal bishop; he is the bishop of Rome! And Bishop Rivest is not the vicar of the Pope; he is the bishop of Chicoutimi!" [I am pretty sure that this observation will be passed along by my Roman readers.]
Fr. Thibeault also affirmed that the group’s Internet site shows lack of respect towards authority, caricaturing Bishop Rivest as a man with horns [i.e. the Devil]. [If that were true, it would be reprehensible. However, I could not find any representation of the local bishop with horns. I did see a graphic that the Devil hates Latin, but I think that can’t be honestly associated with Bishop Rivest.] But what he failed to mention was that this was not the work of the group from Chicoutimi; it was done by a group of Spanish-speaking people.
He also stated, "Our bishop would surely not like me to say such things, because he is a good man."
Fr. Thibeault then went on to give a short course in the liturgy, wherein he praised Vatican II and concluded by saying, "most people who are attached to Tradition are insecure and incapable of adapting to the modern world." [Rather insulting.]
He also affirmed that "most of those who made the request [for the Forma Extraordinaria] are between 20 and 30 years old; thus, they are people who do not know Latin and who seemingly do not know the Tridentine liturgy." [Apart from my shock that any priest would not be delighted at the interest of young people in anything Catholic, this is a false argument. The Holy Father clearly issued Summorum Pontificum also for young people. Furthermore, they are merely asking for something that is their right to experience: the Roman Rite.]
Fr. Thibeault stated as well that "the Tridentine Mass is not all that traditional after all, since before the Council of Trent, there existed other forms of celebration, and the manner in which the Apostles celebrated [Holy Mass] is totally unknown to us." [An embarrasingly inept argument. First, no one really calls this the "Tridentine" Mass anymore. Also, the form of Mass codified after the Council of Trent was in use with very few changes from 1570-1969, so it is hard to understand what could be more traditional from our perspective. Furthermore, it matters not a whit how the Apostles celebrated Mass. We are not archeologists. We are interested in the forms of Mass we can legitmately use today. The older form is a modern form.]
He also declared, concerning the Traditional Mass: "If I asked you to raised your hand, those who desire it [the TLM], I am not sure that there would be many of you with your hand raised."
Fr. Thibeault considers it a threat, the fact that the members of the Group claimed that they will have recourse to Rome for their request! [People have rights. One of their rights is that they always have recourse to legitimate authority. If they think the local pastor and bishop are not giving them their due, they have the right to go to Rome. Also, Summorum Pontificum establishes the recourse to Rome as a legitimate option.]
He stated, "You know, I’m 65 years old, and I never celebrated the Mass of St. Pius V", thereby implying that the Tridentine Mass was a thing of the past. [And anyone listening can response, "So what? This is not about you."]
An important point to note: Fr. Thibeault has, however, celebrated "alternative masses".
It would be interesting to hear the audio of the whole sermon. Here it is. I had to enhance the sound and stitch it together. It is in French, and the audio quality is not great. It was also, annoyingly, broken up into sections.