There is allegedly “much misunderstanding” about the eviction of the Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) from Dijon, France, Archbishop Roland Minnerath has claimed hiding behind an anonymous June 8 statement published on Diocese-Dijon.com.
However, Minnerath has unequivocally ordered that that all the manyfold activities of the Fraternity such as catechesis, patronage, scouting and other apostolic work be terminated. What has been built up in decades will be reduced to a mere Mass schedule. The currently over 300 faithful are told to go for all the rest… to their [decadent] Novus Ordo parishes.
The statement announces that neo-conservative Father Christian Baud and other diocesan priests will continue to celebrate the Old Rite liturgy in Dijon. Baud is the parish-priest of Semur-en-Auxois, which is 15 km away from Flavigny-sur-Ozerain where there is an Old-Rite Benedictine Monastery and the neoconservative International Seminary of Ars.
The Archbishop has the brazenness to "thank" the evicted Fraternity for its services of 23 years, adding that “the fact that the faithful are now entrusted to diocesan priests will only strengthen their communion with the diocesan Church.” Dijon went from 341 priest in 1950 to 115 priest in 2020. Last year there was one ordination to the priesthood. Minnerath implies that religious priests - of which there are 50 in Dijon Archdiocese - jeopardise "ecclesial unity."
Minnerath even plays the Vatican II trick whining about "many" complaints he received which, according to him, were “unfortunately" indicative of a "spirit of rejection" of the "Council Church" [quotations marks in the original] "as if there were another Church.” However, the Church is built on Christ, not on a failed pastoral council without any dogmatic importance.
I will say this with out any physical proof but the circumstantial evidence is hard to refute. Dijon, Fance like France as a whole, is dying, it has been well documented for years. The NO parishes are loosing parishioners in droves and with the closing of the Churches for the scamdemic many did not come back. The bottom line is Dijon, needs warm bodies and the Bishop will scavenge the FSSP.