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“Catholic Pride” Update: Church and State square off

As was recently reported here, His Exellency Marc Aillet, Bishop of Bayonne, Lescar and Oloron in the Basque region of France, issued a press release condemning the annual “Gay Pride” affair which took place on Sunday in the city of Biarritz. Rorate Cæli has come across an ensuing correspondence between the Bishop and the Mayor of Biarritiz, Mr. Didier Borotra.
Letter from Bishop Marc Aillet:
Mr. Mayor,
Having recently learned through families living in Biarritz of the forthcoming "Gay Pride" affair, I would just like to express my profound incredulity. It is yet another official offence aimed at the Catholic Church to believe the announced presence of the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” virulently displaying their anti-Christianity.
I cannot even imagine how Muslims and Jews would react if the symbols of their religious traditions were used in this way ...
The disruptive protests made by groups who are for the most part outsiders in the city of Biarritz do not represent, by far, the deep conviction that homosexual persons feel. One need only read some of their particular testimonies to understand how these are suffering.
Besides the fact that young people, particularly children, did not need to see these protests so aggressively displayed, such sexual license exposed on city streets can only have a negative effect on social morality and the common sense of the majority of our citizens.
I wanted to share with you these few simple thoughts. You have, Mr. Mayor, the assurance of my prayers and my sentiments dedicated to Christ and his Church.
Response from Mayor Didier Borotra:
Monsignor,
I cannot hide the fact that I was ashamed to read your letter of June 18. It is obvious that you are not familiar with the laws of the Republic. That is unfortunate. As a politician I do not meddle in the affairs of the Church and I advise you to do the same concerning the affairs of City Hall. As for other things, we do not share the same concept of freedom, including that of speech and public demonstration. It is, nonetheless, a basic right in all democratic countries. Please accept, Monsignor, the assurance of my highest consideration.

18 comments:

Prodinoscopus said...

What exactly was Bishop Aillet hoping to achieve? If he accepts the novel doctrine of Dignitatis Humanae, how can he possibly counter Mayor Borotra's rebuke?

Jordanes said...

"As a politician I do not meddle in the affairs of the Church and I advise you to do the same concerning the affairs of City Hall," he says, thereby meddling in the affairs of the Church . . . .

Gideon Ertner said...

"...we do not share the same concept of freedom..."

He's damn right we don't.

I don't know about France, but even in super-liberal Denmark we have laws against blasphemy (they were invoked during the cartoon crisis). No-one's ever been prosecuted on the basis of them, though.

Anonymous said...

It's obvious that the bishop has no human rights ... he is a man of God ... in a Republic that prides itself in assassinating priests during the Revolution.

Anonymous said...

What a brazen lie. A state founded on genocide which began with decapitating the king is afraid only of violence and power. That's why they will not insult muslims, because they would disembowel the mayor, and set the city hall on fire. Nor the Jews, who would make the mayor beg on his knees for forgiveness or send him to London to one cell with bishop Williamson.

Anyway, bishop Aillet somehow forgot to mention God and His law in his letter. The mayor is partially responsible for the multitude of sins caused by such pervert outcry, and will be going straight to hell for that if he will not repent, but how he's supposed to know that? Insulting Catholics and the Church is not as grave as insulting God with this satanic, as the Nazis used to say, Parademarsch. It's a public outrage to God, and public outrages to God incur public punishments, so beware, France.

Peter said...

Jordanes: "As a politician I do not meddle in the affairs of the Church and I advise you to do the same concerning the affairs of City Hall," he says, thereby meddling in the affairs of the Church . . . .

1. Every law contrary to God's law is null and void.
2. They obey their own "laws" only when they feel it's comfortable for them. Where was their so-called "freedom of speech" when bishop Williamson said his "secular blasphemy" ?

Sacristans Mate said...

I think that every priest who reads this blog should offer a Mass up for the mayor... he's gunna need it.

Christian said...

HA! Quite so Jordanes, quite so!

Prodinoscopus, I know what you mean about the "Dignitatis Humanae" problem. I would not worry, however, as that document only concerns religious liberty and it has so many qualifiers that a thorough combing of the text shows that anyone can make it mean pretty much anything they want. "The traditional doctrine is left untouched" and "the council further declares that the right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person" are both lines in the document, for example.

This bishop was very brave to stand up to what is obviously a particularly anti-clerical mayor and department. We should all give him our prayers and our support.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied"

Long-Skirts said...

""As a politician I do not meddle in the affairs of the Church"

DANTE'S
CLUB

Vile, vile,
Down the aisle
Narcissistic freaks they file,

Not the fools
Who feign their gaiety...
But tolerant white sepulchred laity.

Gideon Ertner said...

Btw, Prodinoscopus, DH speaks about the need to withhold from coercive measures in bringing people to religious truth (as far as just public order allows). It does not in any way mention freedom of speech or of assembly. Nor does it proclaim any right to sin or to put your sinfulness and depravity on public display and induce others to sin.

Peter said...

The Presidents comments on the burqa shine a light on the French republic's view of all religion, let alone what France eschewed - the true faith.

A godless, secular creation.

Prof Basto said...

The French Republic is flawed in its roots.

Prodinoscopus said...

I agree that Bishop Aillet deserves our support.

Mayor Borotra is clearly the villain in this little drama.

Gideon, we'll have to address the fundamental flaws of DH in another thread. :-)

Anonymous said...

For all the French Republic's claims they continue to slip down the slippery slope of obscurity in the world today. Their marvelous revolution bent on more violence than the monarchy, and turning away from God has brought them what exactly? A bitter, arrogant, secular mentality matched by few others....They should look inward at their own history to see where it has brought them...Catholic France was a nation to be reckoned with..And never since...

Hidden One said...

Mayor,
I cannot hide the fact that I was ashamed to read your letter to Bishop Aillet. It is obvious that you are not familiar with the concept of the separation of Church and State. That is unfortunate. As a student I do not meddle in or comment on affairs I do not understand and I advise you to do the same concerning these affairs. As for other things, we do not share the same concept of freedom, including that of speech and public demonstration. It is, nonetheless, a basic right in all democratic countries. Please accept, Mayor, the assurance of my highest consideration.

LeonG said...

It is wonderful to hear all Bishop Aillet's brothers in the French episcopate, such as it is, speak up in his support. It is even greater still to note that Cardinal Vingt Trois is chief among them!!!

Alexander said...

I feel as a Bask to sopport strogly Bishop Aillet in this mater. All kind of déviation of True Love goes again's human dignity.
Could Mayor Borota consider that same "ways" of the Republic are, may by, wrong.

Anonymous said...

Good for the bishop. While homosexuallity, one of Satan's tricks to destroy mankind, is to be rejected, the people caught in that trap should not be. France is Republican,and lost a lot when it lost it's christian soul at the time of the humanist Revolution. Virtually all of the Republic's Presidents have been catholic. Despite separation of Church and State, humanism is not a real politicians guide. Mr Mayor should remember that.