The old-rite Trappist abbey of Mariawald, Germany, will be closed down. The Vatican, the Trappist order, and the Diocese of Aachen on whose territory the abbey is located, have announced this in Mariawald.
The monastery was inhabited by the Trappists since 1909. All employees lose their jobs. The monks will be transferred to other monasteries.
During this year, the monastery and all its possessions will be handed over to Aachen diocese. The monastery and church of Mariawald will probably remain closed forever.
In a letter dated November 21, 2008, Benedict XVI granted the abbey the privilege to return to the old usages of the Trappist Order in liturgy and monastic life. This concerned especially a return to the venerable Old Rite. The pope saw this project as a "renewal of the church in the spirit of tradition". Now this renewal is over before it could get off the ground.
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A November 2016 item from Aachener-Zeitung.de ( Abtei Mariawald: Unruhe nach dem Rücktritt von Joseph Vollberg : Abbey Mariawald: unrest after the resignation of Joseph Vollberg) provides the context and basis for such a decision: A “revolt” of the “old guard” (the monks who “grew up” with the post-Vatican 2 changes) against the “new regimen” (the unmitigated Rule of St. Benedict)!