Damian Thompson has just published a new article about the ongoing saga of Thiberville, the parish in Normandy where the modernist bishop decided to remove the parish priest as a part of his terra cremata "pastoral" methods.
This bit is positively harrowing:
Watch a woman parishioner tugging at the bishop’s yucky rainbow chasuble (a calculated insult to the conservative worshippers) and asking what he thought he was doing wearing it. But the real highlight is the little altar server, who had earlier walked off the sanctuary, going back and telling Bishop Nourrichard that he’ll never be a server for him again.
A small boy is not filled with hatred or ideology. Children are particularly sensitive to injustice and hypocrisy. I don't think that bishop should be sleeping soundly at night! That is unless he is a psychopath (people without conscience or empathy for other people, usually criminals).
Could the Bishop have a legitimate reason? After all, isn't a bishop responsible for organising his diocese as efficiently as possible to cope with the shortage of priests? He says that one priest for 5,000 faithful, whilst other bigger parishes have no priest, is a luxury the diocese cannot afford. If that was a true and sincere reason, the Bishop would have given him more parishes and more faithful. It turns out that Bishop Nourrichard intended to appoint Fr Michel as a chaplain of an old folks' home, so he would be a priest for 50 to 100 faithful. This appointment could be in conjunction with the idea of sending Fr Michel to be assistant priest at the parish of Vernon, where the parish priest is on record as saying that Fr Michel "should never have been ordained" on account of his non-conformity with the ideology. With my experience of French Catholicism, I could only conclude that the move was probably intended to destroy Fr Michel's vocation, break his personality and compel him to leave the priesthood. The only meaning for the Bishop's decision is therefore ideological.
See the report on French television.
Again, this is a good reason why our Personal Ordinariates will not be in the hands of the diocesan bishops. And don't think the modernists are going to "die off" any time soon. Born in 1948, Bishop Nourrichard is a baby-boomer spring chicken of 62. The "biological solution" will not do – the Church needs a counter-reform.
The future Ordinariates, along with a solution for the Society of St Puis X (see Deborah Gyapong's article of a few days ago), are the first step in that direction. With an alternative in place, it might then be possible for the Pope and those Catholic Bishops loyal to him to demolish the power of the liberal tyranny.
Fr Michel is still in his parish. Bishop Nourrichard desperately seeks a way out, only to say in a cynical fashion "It's the Pope's problem. He put me here. I didn't ask to be Bishop here". Ooh! Gag me (says I pointing a finger towards my open mouth)!
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