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Luc Perrin on Catholic Traditionalism in France

This past November, the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny began publishing on its blog the full texts of the addresses at its Conference For the Whole Church: Looking Forward with Summorum Pontificum, which was held on September 23, 2011. (Rorate briefly noted this conference here.) A report by the same Society on the actual conference and the liturgies that accompanied it can be found in For the Whole Church: Report on the Conference of the Society

The speakers were: Fr. Richard Cipolla, D.Phil., parochial vicar of St. Mary Church; Dr. Luc Perrin, Professor at the Univ. of Strasbourg, France; Dr. Lorenz Jaeger, editor of the FAZ, Germany, and Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University; and Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula, S.T.D., at that time the Acting President of Human Life International.

Luc Perrin's paper on the actual state of the Catholic Traditionalist movement in France (as opposed to online fantasies about it) is of utmost importance as a long-time insider's view of the subject. His praise of the United States as the "Promised Land for Traditional Catholicism" is well worth noting, as is his elucidation of the roots behind French "Tradiland's" gradual but continued growth.

At any rate, here is the address: "Catholic Traditionalism from a French Perspective"