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Institute of Christ the King pulls out of Agen


Today, Sunday, August 22, Canon Jayr, provincial of the ICRSP in France, visited the faithful of the extraordinary form in Agen to announce the Institute’s withdrawal from the diocese following the deplorable welcome and climate of suspicion which followed the implementation of the Motu Proprio.

Indeed the Bishop of Agen, Msgr. Herbreteau, has strictly forbidden Canon Téqui, who serves the parish of Agen to celebrate the extraordinary form of the one Roman Rite, from continuing to teach catechism classes which he had been doing successfully with some thirty children. He also places an outrageous restriction on the ministry of the sacraments. On the website of the diocese the ICRSP doesn’t even exist.

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has therefore made the decision to withdraw in order to do some good where it is more welcome.

This news will sully the report that the bishops are required to make for the 3rd anniversary of the implementation (or non-implementation) of the motu proprio. It shows that France needs bishops prepared to apply Summorum Pontificum without restrictive measures (such as one monthly Sunday Mass in Le Brionnais – Diocese of Autun!)

Perepiscopus

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Folks,as I have said before, our best example, our most notable effort, the greatest and supremely visible response to the modernist heretics is to simple not play their game. Leave. Go where you are welcome. Join with the FSSPX.

Magdalen Ross said...

And with a grand total of ONE seminarian for the Agen diocese......

Anonymous said...

I think they did the right thing by leaving. I do feel sorry for the Catholics in the diocese, but I bet the Institute will return one day. I's so strange that it is easier to be a traditoinal Catholic in the USA than in "Catholic" France.

Anonymous said...

No traditionalist order outside the Church right now is ever going to come back if bishops can still restrict the TLM contrary to the Pope's desire.

Patrick C said...

How sad. Please pray for the soul of that Bishop.

Vox Cantoris said...

Well, given our loss of the FSSP in TORONTO, one can well sympathize.

Ted K said...

Quebec and Canada need Cardinal Ouellet, but it is clear that the Holy Father needs him even more.

Anonymous said...

The ICK priest who originally celebrated the Mass in York, GB, just stopped turning up and somebody else had to pick up the pieces.
This didn't hit the news as the institute's withdrawal has in Agen.

Anonymous said...

The difference in this case is that the ICRSS were officially placed in Agen. They were not officially in York. The Institutes official presence in Great Britain is in Liverpool, Shrewsbury, and East Anglia.

Anonymous said...

"Shake the dust from your feet....."

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Bishops of France are like most of the Bishops of Scotland. Opposed to the will of the Holy Father, and determined to continue to undermine the tradional Mass.

Anonymous said...

This is very sad news, but it is only one case of the resistance of the French hierarchy. There are several French dioceses in which the T.L.M. has been completely refused or else kept in limbo. In some of these, the I.C.R. or F.S.S.P. has a presence but has never been allowed to develop that. There are even cases in which they are held back, allowed to celebrate only one or two Sunday Masses per month. And this has now gone on for years and years and years. Watching progress in France is like watching grass grow. It is so sad.

Perhaps the Pope will erect an 'ordinariate' for the T.L.M. in France, a structure effectvely acting as a diocese. Then the various traditionalist societies could provide Masses and just the entire charism of the Church without hindrance, esp. since many of the churches are under control of the state there.

There has been very little movement forward in France since 2007 and even before them. Something needs to be done.

P.K.T.P.

Anonymous said...

Anon. wrote:

"Sounds like the Bishops of France are like most of the Bishops of Scotland. Opposed to the will of the Holy Father, and determined to continue to undermine the tradional Mass."

Exactly right, except that the situation in Scotland was worse to begin with. I hate to say this but Scotland is a black hole for tradition. England is much better off. England is considerably better off than even Ireland, which is a great shame.

Among other nations labouring under so much opposition, I would want to include my own, the Dominion of Canada. We are frozen spiritually here, not just climactically. There are a few points of light, and they diminish in number as one nears Quebec. It is so tragic.

P.K.T.P.

Et Expecto said...

The coment by anonymous concerning York is misleading. When Masses were started in York a few years ago, there was no priest available to say the Mass on a regular basis. A priest of ICKSP offered to cover it when he could but it was never intended that this was a permanent arrangement.

Later a local priest became available and he was the regular celebrant until he was posted to a parish in Middlesbrough, where he introduced a regular Sunday Mass in the usus antiquior.

Anonymous said...

Why were they invited in the first place, or is this "Bishop" a new appointment?

Anonymous said...

"The Institutes official presence in Great Britain is in Liverpool, Shrewsbury, and East Anglia."

I can't find anything about them working in those places. Their web site doesn't mention working in Britain at all.

Michael said...

Time to remove this "bishop".

"And if thy right hand scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell."

Play time is over, time to start calling a spade a spade. If this causes 90% of French "Catholics" to leave the Church, so be it.

Louis E. said...

Bishop Herbreteau is 62,appointed in January 2005.(How long will it take before orthodox priests are the ones in position for episcopal appointments?...the Gallicans must be running ever shorter on alternatives).

So if the upshot of the 3-year report is that the Pope decides more aggressive means of ensuring the availability of the TLM are needed,what then?

Gideon Ertner said...

Note that (as far as I can read) the bishop has not restricted the celebration of the TLM but rather traditional catechesis.

The second great problem of the contemporary situation, aside from the lack of traditional Masses, is of course that even if the TLM is available, there will most often not be any opportunities to be formed and let one's children be formed according to the manner of catechesis best suited to the spirituality that the TLM is an expression of. The traditional faith in its integrity can seldom be taught by a priest educated at a modern seminary, no matter how much he appreciates the TLM.

At the end of the day, I'm sorry to say, this greatly curtails the value of Summorum pontificum. The next step in reinforcing the Catholic identity of the Church's members must therefore be a reform of seminary education to give the coming generation of priests a more integral and traditional understanding of the Faith.

Hestor said...

Meanwhile the diocese of Agen is closing down how many churches and ordaining how many priests?

Peter said...

These liberal bishops have sort of been forced by 'Summorum pontificum' to accept the old Mass as a part of liturgical "diversity" in their dioceses, but at the same time they remain attached to a new religion that has little in common with traditional Catholic doctrine. Even if they grudgingly accept the traditional Mass, since they have no choice, they will continue to fight against the doctrine that goes with it.

Anonymous said...

Gideon Ertner said...
"The traditional faith in its integrity can seldom be taught by a priest educated at a modern seminary, no matter how much he appreciates the TLM."


So very true! We have seen the fruits of this very statement in our own parish in Sacramento, CA, where we have been faithfully served by the FSSP for > 10 years. The traditional formation of the seminarians & priests comes through in the daily example they live among their congregants and in the catechesis to their flock.

God bless these traditional orders and I will pray that this Bishop's eyes be opened to his short-sightedness.

Xavier.

Anonymous said...

With respect to the Institute of Christ the King in Liverpool archdiocese, I know the priests in question, and they are officially resident in Belgium. I don't know whether I'm allowed to name them on this blog, but both hold positions in a school in Brussels and commute to the North West of England over the weekend, being resident in the city of Liverpool. Although this may not be mentioneed on the website, it is mentioned on e.g. the Institute calendar - i have a copy!