Having spent 63 Sundays celebrating Mass in the streets after being evicted from their chapel of 23 years in November of 2007, the FSSPX community of Amiens, France was invited into the Cathedral on Sunday to offer Mass at the altar of St. Joseph. The charitable gesture was made by the pastor of the Cathedral as the outdoor temperature dipped to 14ºF (-10ºC) creating a hazardous icy condition at the usual Mass site in front of church of St. Germain. The community thanked the pastor for his kindness.
Although the pastor’s motives are being debated in some quarters, let us pray that this is the start of a camaraderie between the local diocese and the FSSPX that will culminate in the finding of a permanent home for them in Amiens.
Amiens, des catholiques à la rue (photos)
* Update: Video montage of the Mass