More from Thiberville

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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About Fr. Anthony Chadwick

Father Anthony Chadwick was born in the north of England into an Anglican family. He was educated in one of the Church of England’s most well-known schools, St. Peter’s in York, at which he was nurtured in the Anglican musical tradition. After several years studying and working in London he studied theology at university level in Switzerland, Italy and France. Still living in France, he has been a priest of the Traditional Anglican Communion (under Archbishop Hepworth) since 2005. Fr. Chadwick is charged with chaplaincy work among dispersed Anglicans in the north of France, is married and lives in Normandy. His interests outside the Church and directly religious matters include classical music, DIY and sailing. As a non-stipendiary priest, he earns his living as a technical translator.

4 thoughts on “More from Thiberville

  1. Fr. Chadwick,

    Your point that there is no biological solution is well taken, and others should pick it up. It sounds plausible to some people, but the generations in the Church are all present day-by-day, and the people all influence one another. It's not like people were mere paving stones on the road, and one could think that once we get past this rough patch the road will be straight and narrow. John the Baptist's cry, echoing Isaiah, "Make straight the paths of the Lord", is a challenge to every generation.

    The only remedy is the old-fashioned one of taking Christ seriously, and trying to stay close to Him, and to bring others into contact with him, i.e., for the Church to do what the Church was founded to do. There are no shortcuts, quick-fixes, or excuses.

  2. The lights are burning in the Vatican. See these audiences with the Pope (source – Vatican Information Service of January 18th 2010):

    1 – Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

    2 – Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Paris, Archbishop Hippolyte Simon of Clermont and Msgr. Antoine Herouard, respectively president, vice president and secretary general of the Conference of Bishops of France.

    No. 2 probably means very little in terms of the Thiberville affair, but perhaps the SSPX.

    No. 1 could possibly be an indication about a revised authorised liturgy for Anglicans not using the Roman rite.

    Who knows?

  3. From the French Forum Catholique (my translation):

    I looked at this broadcast for just a moment, in which I could see and hear the local bishop behind a table talking with journalists (?) "wriggling" and saying carelessly: "Oh well, even if I get clobbered by Benedict XVI, I'll get clobbered …" and all that in a despising tone. I was left dumbfounded and sad. It's time these bishops retired.

    Another comment on the same forum mentions this bishop talking about the Pope as if he were the managing director of a multi-national company and he, the bishop, was a sub-director!

  4. A sad scene indeed, especially as a witness to the world. But, did this bishop not want a more lay dominated diocese where they would assist him in deporting local pastors who did not tow the line? Well, he got what he wanted; an empowered laity voicing it's mind. I just wish it could have been done differently although the outcome (Vatican intervention) was the same.

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