Thiberville Videos with English Subtitles

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!

Another titbit (fictitious) – source (my translation):,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.

Author: 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.

2 thoughts on “Thiberville Videos with English Subtitles”

  1. I know that I am going against the general current attitude concerning the bishop in question in the Thiberville affair. In my own experience, he has at least shown the minimum of pastoral care to at least have visited and tried to explain his actions to the congregation (Although I do not accept his explanation, I do respect his courage to be open with the people). My own personal experience concerning two Roman Catholic priests removed for their traditionalist sympathies were far worse. They are as follows:

    1. Fr. James Wilson, formerly priest for many years of St. Andrew's in Independence, Kansas, was called to the bishop's office, quite a few miles away. After his return he found the locks changed on the rectory and parish church, his personal effects shoved into cardboard boxes and piled up on the lawn and a local police deputy in front of the premises to make certain he did not try to enter the building. No explanation was ever given to the congregation concerning his leaving. His sin? He continued to give communion on the tongue. When he died he was refused burial in a Catholic cemetery.

    2. Fr. John Bernardi, pastor of St. Nicholas, Fantana, California. He was visiting his family in Las Vegas, Nevada, was taken seriously ill, underwent an operation and a two week recovery in Vegas. When he tried to return to his rectory he found that he had also been locked out and his personal belongings removed. His wife, he was Byzantine rite, was fired from the local Catholic school as a teacher. He was never given an explanation, but had recently had problems in his parish because of accusations of being too much of a traditionalist and had refused communion to individuals who came to receive whilst chewing gum. He was also an open supporter of the traditional Latin mass.

    So, in respect, the actions of the modernist bishop in France seem quite respectable.

    1. I have no doubt that this harrowing story is true. I would also say that we should not generalise, since there are good Catholic bishops like the new Archbishop-Primate of Belgium. We also have encouraging news from Fr Phillips of the Anglican Use about a meeting with his Archbishop.

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