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French Bishops Want to Abolish Summorum Pontificum

The dioceses in France responded mostly negatively (below) to the March 2020 questionnaire of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the liberalisation of the Old-Rite Mass, introduced by Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum (2007).

87 of the country's 92 dioceses replied. The majority of bishops want Summorum Pontificum to be reversed because it did not bear the "fruits hoped for".

The admission of the Old Mass in July 2007 poses for them the danger of a "split". The coexistence of the Mass in two forms is "two worlds that do not meet". According to one bishop, "The Eucharist, which should unite, divides." It is true that there is division in France but the Old-Rite Mass cannot be blamed for it.

The bishops criticise a "mentality of resistance" [to sterile episcopal modernism] among Old Rite Catholics. They deplore, "criticism of the Council Church" and the impression of "two churches".

Old-Rite-Catholics have monarchist and "rigorist” tendencies, the prelates complain. According to them, in most dioceses there are one or two Old Masses with allegedly 20 to 70 faithful. Four dioceses still have no Old-Rite Mass. The bishops say that in France 15,000 faithful attend Old-Rite Masses, thus rendering their theory of "schism" absurd as there are over 40 million "Catholics" in France. According to PaixLiturgique.com, 67,000 persons - PiusX included - attend the Sunday Old-Rite Mass in France.

Most Old-Rite Masses are celebrated in the dioceses of Fréjus-Toulon (10), Versailles (7) and Paris (6). In Versailles, 9% of all practising Catholics in the diocese attend the Old Rite.

For the bishops it is positive that diocesan Old-Rite Masses prevents an exodus to the PiusX. However, they notice that rarely PiusX faithful return to the dioceses.

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John A Cassani
How many would return to the Novus ordo, if the Old Rite were banned? I don’t ever want to subject my children to it, even for a funeral or wedding. The “Establishment Church” is only being kept afloat by deep pocketed individuals at this point. In the USA, they promote economic policies that are ruinous to the middle class. They give no more than the politest of lip service in opposition to …More
How many would return to the Novus ordo, if the Old Rite were banned? I don’t ever want to subject my children to it, even for a funeral or wedding. The “Establishment Church” is only being kept afloat by deep pocketed individuals at this point. In the USA, they promote economic policies that are ruinous to the middle class. They give no more than the politest of lip service in opposition to abortion. When was the last time anyone heard the bishop of a prominent diocese utter a word about the salvation of souls?
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Papal Bull of Pope St. Pius V, Quo Primum

Furthermore, by these presents and by virtue of Our Apostolic authority We give and grant in perpetuity that for the singing or reading of Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal may be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment or censure, and may be freely and lawfully used. Nor shall bishops, …More
Papal Bull of Pope St. Pius V, Quo Primum

Furthermore, by these presents and by virtue of Our Apostolic authority We give and grant in perpetuity that for the singing or reading of Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal may be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment or censure, and may be freely and lawfully used. Nor shall bishops, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious of whatsoever Order or by whatsoever title designated, be obliged to celebrate Mass otherwise than enjoined by Us. We likewise order and declare that no one whosoever shall be forced or coerced into altering this Missal and that this present Constitution can never be revoked or modified, but shall for ever remain valid and have the force of law,...