For those who are interested, the videos of the recent events in Normandy are available with subtitles in English. The arrogance of the Bishop defies belief!
- Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/user/cathobuzz#p/a/u/1/c143C70nMi8
- Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/user/cathobuzz#p/a/u/0/szXs2lwofv0
Another titbit (fictitious) – source (my translation): http://www.renaissancecatholique.org/Ite-missa-est,175.html
Ite missa est : End of the Mass?
This is a fictitious dialogue between a diocesan bishop and a parish priest written a few years ago, written by Michel De Jaeghere, Ite Missa Est, a disturbing private conversation between Father Dubost, modest country priest holding onto his cassock and the Mass of his ordination, and his ordinary, Bishop Gallorme, who tells him he wants him out of his parish. The dialogue is “truer than nature” and has an amazing note of authenticity for someone who has followed the Thiberville affair. Michel De Jaeghere had even imagined a visit to the Nuncio.
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Fr Dubost – Is this why you sent for me? To tell me you wanted me to leave Saint-Symphorien’s?
Bishop Gallorme – I was happy to see you again, but I don’t want to take sides with you: yes, it was also for that.
Fr Dubost – I thought the Church was short of priests.
Bishop Gallorme – That’s what the media’s saying. The Church has new needs, which fly in the face of statistical logic.
Fr Dubost – Have you already chosen my successor?
Bishop Gallorme – No, because in truth, I don’t intend to appoint one.
Fr Dubost – I don’t understand.
Bishop Gallorme – It’s not because there is a presbytery at Saint-Symphorien that I’m going to appoint a priest. What I want is for Christians to take themselves in hand. Excuse me, Father, but I think you have taken excessive care of your parishioners. Since I was appointed to this Diocese, eleven priests have died or have retired. I didn’t replace them.
Fr Dubost – I thought it was because there weren’t enough vocations.
Bishop Gallorme – Do you know what has happened in these eleven parishes? Well, I’m not afraid to say it, a new Pentecost. Everywhere, Christians have accepted the task of becoming the craftsmen of their future themselves. They have taken charge of the life of the Church. They have become responsible. What a shining sign of spiritual vitality! This is how Catholicity is re-made. Not in arrogance and triumphalism, like in the times of our forebears, but through responsibilities that take the baptised in hand. This reversal of perspectives is full of promises. It will give the Church a new harvest.
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The reality is like in my village, and all the other villages round about: a locked church and less than ten people present at the monthly Mass or "service in the absence of a priest". Ugh! I would prefer the Calvinists! At least they’re more honest.