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Notre Dame de Paris purified immediately after desecration yesterday

Following a suicide by the main altar of the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of Our Lady of Paris (Notre Dame de Paris) yesterday afternoon, a mass of reparation was immediately celebrated for the purification of the sacred space before the building was reopened for visitors. There was no need for legalistic discussion, what had to be done was done.

COMMUNIQUÉ [original in French]

May 21, 2013

On Tuesday, May 21, at around 1600 [4PM], a man committed suicide with a firearm inside the Cathedral.

The Cathedral staff tried to reanimate the person before the speedy intervention of the rescue team.

The Cathedral, visited by a great number at that time of day, was evacuated to assist the action of firemen and police officers.

As is the use in such cases, a Mass of Reparation was celebrated by Bp. Jérôme Beau, Auxiliary Bishop of Paris, in the presence of Monsignor Patrick Jacquin, Rector-Archpriest, of priests of the Cathedral and of some faithful, including members of the staff.


poetcomic1 said...

I was intrigued hearing that the poor soul was a famous historian and essayist and that he killed himself in protest against homosexual marriage. I can't help but think that here is someone who could have found a home in the church instead of inacting self-murder.

Matthew Doyle said...

No praying for soul I daresay. More concerned with bloodstains and putting everyone out.

A. Nicot said...

That is incorrect Mr. Doyle,
Mgr. Jacquin made it clear that prayers were being made for Mr. Venner's soul.

HadrianvsIV said...

The Church traditionally forbids public prayers for the souls of suicides, since we can know that the person died in the state of mortal sin.

Clayton Orr said...

"Traditionally forbids" Do you mean that she actually, legally forbids them or that a particular ideology wishes that she did? Your justification is flawed, even if you were correct about the law, because in order to commit mortal sin, one must have full consent of the will and sufficient reflection, neither of which can be known with certainty. Unless, of course, you can read minds. In which case, carry on.

Matthew Doyle said...

Thank you A. Nicot for clarifying what was not evident in the article. I'm sure that the worst desecration was on that poor man's body and soul rather than the stone floor of a place of worship.

Sadly HadrianvsIV perpetuates the stigma of suicide, nearly the most common killer of young men, and it's association with mental illness. What can be certain is it is always a temporal tragedy so share a thought and prayer for this man's poor family. I would hate for people to see a Requiem or equivalent act of public prayer as a privilege rather than an act of charity.

Saying that, I guess I am not one able to argue with Tradition. But I would agree with Clayton Orr's comment.

The reason I commented is because it seemed like odd news to me. I'm sure someone could explain away the bitter tone.

jac said...

One should pray first for the soul of Mr Venner who committed suicide in a sacred place, though I don't suspect he did so with the intent to desecrate it.
In fact I could read that Mr Venner was depressive mainly because he was peculiarly despaired by the enforcement of the gay marriage law this month in France, and by the general decadence of France and the west countries.
However I was told he wasn't catholic nor of any other faith, rather an agnostic. Mr Venner was a retired soldier who fought mainly in Algeria before its independance and was even jailed because he parcipated in protests and secret plots against that independance.
His suicide may be likened to that of the japanese soldiers who suicided by "seppuku" by the end of WWII because they couldn't endure the end of the imperial Japan which they exposed their life for.

Jeremiah Methuselah said...

The way the MSM work is so efficient that people tend to believe what they hear/see for the first reporting of an incident and retain that impression afterwards. It is common for the “first report” to be incorrect but it is rare that a correction is made or indeed, for everyone to be aware of it. The Venner case is a good example. His awful protest was not “anti gay ‘marriage’” but covered a plethora of other issues :

“French pro-marriage figure committed suicide to protest immigration, not gays, saluted paganism”