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Declaration of the Bishops of France
Motion of Confidence

This document had not been published here. The closing speech by Cardinal Ricard, already mentioned here, included the main aspects of this "Message", dated from the closing day of the Plenary Assembly of the French Episcopal Conference, which is now presented for documentary purposes.

Conference of the bishops of France
Plenary Assembly - November 2006

Message of the Assembly of the bishops of France
to Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard,
President of the Conference

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.

The bishops expect from these faithful a gesture of unequivocal assent to the teachings of the authentic Magisterium of the Church.
French history has its own complexity; the liturgical question is not the sole source of difficulties. In its Tradition, the Church has always associated the liturgy to her faith.

The bishops affirm their attachment to the liturgical renewal willed by the Second Vatican Council, whose implementation, [which is] always to be promoted, testify to the fidelity both of priests and of communities.

The Assembly expresses its fraternal confidence to the President of the Conference, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard. It restates to the Holy See the will of the bishops of France to work for reconciliation in truth and in charity.

November 9, 2006
On the feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran


  1. Isn't it nice that the French bishops are in agreement with the Pope on so many things? Jolly good of them, that!

  2. I hope this means the French church hierarchy will now read the conciliar documents more carefully.

  3. Ted,

    Well, yes and no. "...The liturgical renewal willed by the Second Vatican Council..." What the Council 'wills' is a matter of interpretation, what is contained in SC is a little more concrete, particularly with regard to music, the use of latin etc...
    But I'm not sure the good bishops are thinking of that particular text but rather the non-conciliar instructions that followed in its wake and that effectively institutionalized the hermeneutic of rupture.

  4. They strain at gnats and swallow the camel whole.

    Such men have so undermined Roman Catholicism that it is only the traditionalist solution which can restore The Faith. They ceratinly appear very frightened: like a naughty little child who goes and tells his Mummy that he loves her knowing full well in his mind that he has committed some mischief.

    Their craft betrays them.

    It would be very interesting to witness how much they "obey" a Pope who had the real courage of conviction to restore The Latin Mass of All Times.

    Significant that all we have received in this regard so far is rumour and test balloons. Will November just come and go?

  5. The bishops expect from these faithful a gesture of unequivocal assent to the teachings of the authentic Magisterium of the Church.

    Hmmm.... "you first!" comes to mind as the proper rejoinder....

  6. Many thanks for this document, New Catholic. I had wondered what it said, but had not had time to look for it.

    The stench of hypocrisy is heavy in the air, is it not? However, as always, such people themselves suggest the answers to their own arguments. Referring to the renewal willed by the Council, and the authentic magisterium of the Church, raises the question directly of what the Council and the magisterium actually say.

    While there are clearly problems with some of the conciliar documents, including that on the liturgy, the question of what the documents actually say is a lot more comfortable for us than it is for those whose fidelity has long been an open sham.

  7. These guys have serious problems. It looks to me like the closest thing to a threat that a bishops communique is going to look like. I don't know what they would do. Schism? yeah, right.


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