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Secularist Parisians try to snuff out SSPX Pilgrimage Mass

Communiqué from Fr. Loïc Duverger, 1st Assistant District Superior of France


Suresnes, 24 April 2009

To all faithful pilgrims,

By now you've probably heard that the City Council of Paris, at the instigation of Green Party and Socialist members, voted under false pretenses a motion asking the mayor of Paris to deny us access to the Square-Louise Michel (formerly Square Villette) at the foot of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica at Montmartre where we customarily celebrate the closing Mass of the pilgrimage.
At this time the mayor has not officially banned entrance to the Square.

We pray to Our Lady of Chartres and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that he does not, and we invite you to join in our prayer so that we can offer, as we do every year, the Holy Mass on the Mount of Martyrs for the intentions of the Church and of France.

Since this announcement, the pilgrimage organizers have been trying with admirable enthusiasm to find a location where we could celebrate Mass in the event the Square becomes prohibited. It is difficult to find a place for large crowds of pilgrims with a nearby area to leave bags and a parking lot large enough for the busses.
In any event, everything will be ready to end the pilgrimage with beauty and, like every year, with a triumph for Christ the King. This threat hanging over our heads should not intimidate us. On the contrary, this trial has created a renewed enthusiasm and a fierce desire to gather in great numbers on the Monday of Pentecost to demonstrate that the attacks against the Church, which have been multiplying for months, will not stop us from proclaiming publicly, loudly, and clearly, the rights of God over all men and the entire city.
Dear fellow pilgrims pray, offer sacrifices, let us mobilize. Let those that have been undecided about coming; those who have decided not to come – let all of these now join us. It is important that this year we have an enormous crowd to sing: "Forever Catholics – Forever French"


Fr. L. Duverger

La Porte Latine


22 comments:

Prodinoscopus said...

So much for "healthy secularism", eh? It appears that secularism remains friendly only so long as the Church does not proclaim Jesus Christ as King.

Peter said...

Why nobody has prohibited Ecclesia Dei institutes, like the Institute of the Good Shepherd from saying pilgrimage Mass? Is it because they don't pose any threat to the enemies of the Church?

Luiz said...

"Is it because they don't pose any threat to the enemies of the Church?"

???

Neal said...

Is not "Abbe" better rendered "Father" than "Abbot"?

Mornac said...

"Is not "Abbe" better rendered "Father" than "Abbot"?"

--Yes Neal, thank you.

Paul Haley said...

The vitriolic and venomous hatred of the SSPX and everything it stands for rears its ugly head again. They will use every excuse in the book to try and defeat Tradition but it won't work. Blessed Mother: please crush the head of the serpent.

LeonG said...

One wonders what the role of the Archdiocese of Paris is amidst this nonsense. It is known they have tried to wrest St Nicholas de Chardonnay from SSPX in the past. It is doubtful to what extent the Archbishop is favourable to anything represented by tradition let alone by the confraternity.

Sea Cat said...

To be uber-pedantic, it's "monsieur l'abbe" if I recall correctly from French class. That said, I've always seen it shortened to "Abbe Je-ne-sais-pa".

Regarding the Mass in question: why is it that they cannot get access to the inside of the Church to say Mass?

Mornac said...

They would need permission from the Archdiocese to have Mass inside the Basilica. Cardinal Vingt-Trois has not been in the habit of lending Archdiocesan property to the SSPX for any purpose but I don’t think he has raised any particular objection to them offering Mass in a public square.

Anonymous said...

Europe?

Anonymous said...

Couldn't the SSPX in a spirit of fraternity just join those of us walking to Chartres? What a sign that would be!!

Anonymous said...

Are these secularists possibly Protestants by chance?

Unfortunatly, France has a sizable (about 5% of the population) which is Protestant of the Calvinist variety.

Oliver said...

It is a logical progression that once the Society becomes more important in the Catholic world, it will come up against political opposition such as this. Traditionalists do refute modernism in the secular world as well as the religious.

Angelo said...

"Couldn't the SSPX in a spirit of fraternity just join those of us walking to Chartres? What a sign that would be!!"

Anonymous, let's re-phrase that statement:

Couldn't those of us walking to Chartres in a spirit of fraternity just join the SSPX to La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre?
What a sign (of solidarity) that would be!!

Pablo said...

...The vitriolic and venomous hatred of the SSPX and everything it stands for rears its ugly head again.....

They hate Christ. And everything He is.

An organization that was started by a now deceased Archbishop just happens to be in control of a pilgrimage. That organization says the True Mass. Christ crucified.

Why is the SSPX making a big deal of saying Mass there? The SSPX tells its members they should not enter a Church where communion in the hand has taken place; that might allow stepping on particles of the body of Christ.

Further, they claim an altar is profaned by the Novus Ordo mass and has to be cleansed before a True Mass can be said there.

Given these two points, what's their real problem?

The SSPX at its core is a European organization with branch offices world wide.

It would be very interesting to see a bunch of Novus Ordos have a pilgrimage, then request the SSPX allow them to have a mariachi or guitar mass in an SSPX chapel.

Let us not give to anyone else the adoration and glory that belongs to our Lord.

And don’t ask someone to do something you are not willing to do also.

May God our Lord in his infinite and supreme goodness be pleased to give us his abundant grace, that we may know his most holy will, and entirely fulfill it.

Through the Kingdom of Christ for the Glory of God.

SamGamgee said...

It's 40 years since the New Mass was promulgated and I feel like one of the Jews wandering around the desert.

Will we ever get to the promised land. Sometimes I wonder ...

Son of Trypho said...

Does anyone know what the official basis for the opposition to the gathering & mass was?

Oliver said...

The pilgrimage split because the organisers allowed it to become effectively a conciliar activity with conciliar prelates doing their bit. The Society could not therefore accept this watering-down of tradition.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget who brought back the Chartres pilgrimage in the first place: Archbishop Lefebvre. There wouldn't be an "approved" pilgrimage if it weren't for him.

Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm. said...

Mornac wrote-

'They would need permission from the Archdiocese to have Mass inside the Basilica. Cardinal Vingt-Trois has not been in the habit of lending Archdiocesan property to the SSPX for any purpose but I don’t think he has raised any particular objection to them offering Mass in a public square.'

While it is true that they would need His Eminence's permission, it is not a matter of 'lending Archdiocesan property' since Sacre Coeur, in common with all French Churches built before 1905, is State property, occupied by the Church only at the suffereance of the government.

LeonG said...

Indeed, Jovan-Marya, that is what I thought. Furthermore, paradoxically nationalisation has prevented the post-conciliar vandals in France from destroying the interiors of many beautiful churches. Although emptying hundreds of them out of their Sunday faithful has put their future in jeopardy.

John said...

SSPX Mass on Montmartre Banned Because of Christ the King

On April 7, 2009, upon the initiative of the leader of the Green Party of the Paris City Council, the Socialist mayor of the 18th Section of Paris, and the Minister of Interior Affairs, the Paris City Council voted in favor of a request to the Chief Mayor of Paris to forbid the Traditional Latin Mass celebrated each year for twenty years on Montmartre Hill on Pentecost Monday as the final event of the Chartres-Paris Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage was organized by Archbishop Lefebvre, Founder of the Society of St. Pius X, in 1970. A decree from Bertrand Delance, the Chief Mayor of Paris, is expected soon. On the vote the Rightist Party abstained, and the Centre split. The arguments presented before the vote challenged the holding of the event because "this Christian sect preaches the return of Christ the King."

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