Sunday, November 12, 2006

Has The Pope Punked-Out The French Bishops?
One thing's for sure... something's going on!

As I've come to expect, the crew over at Rorate Caeli have all the straight-scoop hot off the presses concerning the possible freeing of the Traditional Latin Mass.

A few days back, I posted a story where I asked the musical question if the pope had gotten punked-out by the French bishops. I may have spoken too soon. In what can only be in reference to the SSPX (and the Latin Mass in general), I think the French bishops just blinked.

Here is some of the statement of Cardinal Ricard, President of the French Episcopal Conference [emphasis mine];

Assembled in Lourdes for their Plenary Assembly, the bishops of France wish to express their communion with Pope Benedict XVI.

With him, they recognize the riches of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, fruit of the living Tradition of the Church.

With him, they wish to proceed with the reception of the various faithful of Christ attached to the liturgical forms previous to this Council.

With him, they share the desire for the reconciliation of the priests and lay faithful which have separated themselves from ecclesial communion after this Council.

How do you say "you win" in French?


Blogger Petrus Radii said...

Well, I wouldn't become too giddy, yet! Fact is, the French Uncatholic bishops say nothing of those NOT in schism, etc.! Moreover, they have made repeatedly clear that "reunion" is only on their terms: Old Mass only as a stepping stone to full integration into the Hootenanny Hoedown they claim is a "liturgy"; full assent to the errors of the "spirit of Vatican II"; full recognition that each member of the clergy is an absolute monarch to be obeyed without question, even when the command is unjust.

This is just typical Gallican (with emphasis on "gall") drivel, which doesn't even pass for good hypocrisy because of its blatant transparency. Makes you wonder what the death of St. Joan of Arc was all about!

But the Traditionalists are finally getting clever! They have done a scientific poll showing nearly two-thirds of Frenchmen saying the True Mass should be freed, and a third saying they would attend the Mass of All Time "frequently". Keep in mind that only 6-9% of the French attend Mass regularly, so attendance could be tripled, at least, just by returning to the worship our fathers gave us! "Le Figaro" also did one of those informal, on-line polls. There, 79% of respondents said all priests should be allowed to offer freely the Traditional Roman Rite of Holy Mass in Latin! The other 20% were most likely Moslems and Frog bishops.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

On the plus side, the French have a great deal of experience surrendering :o)

6:47 PM  
Blogger IR said...

I don't think the french often use the word "win"

7:01 PM  
Blogger Hammerbrecher said...

Haha Christine thats right! The french say I surrender in French and you win in German!

Looks like somebody got a zie little phone call from Arinze saying Zie Boss wants to speak with you...

12:04 PM  
Blogger Jay Anderson said...

How do you say "you win" in French?

With a white flag and a parade down the Champs Elysées?

1:33 PM  
Blogger Petrus Radii said...

Have you heard about the new French Army tanks? They have six speeds! Five in reverse, and one in forward, just in case they are attacked from the rear!

9:02 PM  
Blogger Hammerbrecher said...

Hey, why are there so many trees along the streets of Paris??

-because zie germans like to march in shade.

So, how many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris??

-We don't know, its never happened.

12:00 AM  

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