After 23 Years: French Archbishop Expels Fraternity of Saint Peter
The two priests have to leave by September. Riposte-catholique.fr has obtained a June 3 letter of Father Roch Perrel, the superior in Dijon, to the about 300 faithful, likely the most frequented parish in town.
The FSSP has celebrated daily Mass in Dijon for the past 23 years, including catechism classes and all other parish activities, “All this could disappear with a stroke of the pen? Without any consultation?”, the letter asks. The Fraternity is celebrating Mass at the splendid Saint Bernard's Convent and Basilica in Fontaine-lès-Dijon which was built at the birthplace of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (+1153) and overlooks Dijon.
The French District Superior Father Benoît Paul-Joseph has asked Archbishop Minnerath for a meeting writing that his decision “seems” profoundly unjust. So far his request was not granted. In Dijon, there is also a PiusX priory which runs a school but owns no proper church. Further, two diocesan priests are [still] celebrating occasionally the Roman Mass.
Archbishop Minnerath hails from a German speaking part of France. He has served as a Vatican diplomat and at the Secretary of State from 1980 to 1988. After that he was Professor for Church History in Strasbourg. He belonged to the neo-conservative circles around John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger.