Rorate Caeli

A new friend of the Traditional Mass in the French hierarchy

Today, November 28, Friday, the Vatican Information Service announced this:


VATICAN CITY, 28 NOV 2008 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

Fr. Jean-Pierre Batut of the clergy of the archdiocese of Paris, France, pastor of "Saint-Eugene et Sainte-Cecile", as auxiliary of Lyon (area 5,087, population 1,745,000, Catholics 1,207,000, priests 523, permanent deacons 59, religious 2,201), France . The bishop-elect was born in Paris in 1954 and ordained a priest in 1984.

Saint-Eugene et Sainte Cecile parish in Paris happens to offer both the Novus Ordo and the Gregorian Rite on Sunday and from Tuesday to Friday. On Mondays there is a Traditional Mass while on Saturdays there is a Novus Ordo Mass in Latin.


Anonymous said...

An interesting move on the chessboard. Batut now positioned next to the Primate.

Perhaps this will encourage ambitious French priests to celebrate the old alongside the new. Rome is watching you!

Iosephus said...

A piece of good news!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful church!

Tom said...

Oh that such an appointment could be made here in the UK.

Jeff said...

I thought that this recent appointment was also interesting:

I do not know if the new bishop of Le Mans is a fan of the old Mass, but he does seem at least to be a serious Christian, which is worth something, I should say... He chooses to speak to young Catholics on evangelization and the Call to Sanctity... I guess you can see that as glass half empty or half full.

I do believe the Holy Father is beginning to get a grip on appointments to the French hierarchy.

Anonymous said...

After the appointment of Bp Aillet at Bayonne, it is truly a positive move.

It could also be a sign of a more positive stance from the cardinal Barbarin, who has been during a long time an example of anti-trad neo-conservative.
In September, the cardinal-abp of Lyons granted a small interview to "La Nef" where he launched the idea of a general evaluation of the NOM ... which was entirely new among FrenChurch bps.

Auxiliary bishops are generally appointed with the agreement of the Ordinary they will assit. We can pray for this evolution of the cardinal of Lyons to continue : this would be a huge step forward for the Church in France.