While saying that he felt “really hurt” by what he considered to be “contempt” on the archbishop’s part, Perrel argued that the faithful were the ones suffering most from the situation since the community is currently offering 12 Masses a week.
He said that from September diocesan priests would celebrate only one extraordinary form Mass a week, on Sundays.
“Not to mention visits to the sick and the poor, catechism classes for children and adults, sacramental preparation, the parish youth group…We’re destroying something that was working well, and it is a great loss for the local population,” he said.
Is this action by the French bishop the first (or second or third) domino to fall in a new attack on the Latin Mass? Putting it in context with what happened at St. Peter's and other moves by the Vatican, it appears to be another ugly storm cloud on the horizon. I wrote about this a few weeks ago:
When our diocese (Arlington, VA) canceled Mass, we began attending the SSPX masses at the fairgrounds in Front Royal. Bishop Burbidge could have done the same thing since the state mandate permitted it and every county has a fairground. He chose rather to deprive the faithful of the bread of life and let us starve.
After Mass was restored, we returned to the daily Novus Ordo in our parish, but decided that the debt of gratitude to the SSPX was so great, we could not walk away. And so we continue to attend the mission church for Sunday celebrations. We love the priests whose catechism teaching, homilies, and wisdom in confession is extraordinary.
As I said to my husband at the time, I was not only grateful to the SSPX for sustaining us during the famine, but saw them as an insurance policy. Perhaps a better metaphor would be to describe them as a lifeline. If you were drowning and a hundred priests were standing on the shore and the only one to throw a lifeline was with the SSPX would you refuse to grasp it?
After a year of attending Mass at the mission, we remain firmly committed to Holy Mother Church, the Bride of Christ, who is so dearly loved by the priests who minister to us. They are NOT in schism; they do not reject the Church. Their situation is irregular but not schismatic and all their sacraments are valid. Want to see schism? Look to the German Church which pretends to be in union with Rome. The SSPX are faithful sons obedient to Church doctrine and Christ's command to accomplish the Great Commission:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I pray for the Church and the pope every day. So does the Society. Frankly, I'm not sure who the pope is. Theologians say a heretic can't be pope. Is Francis a formal heretic? I'm not a canon lawyer or a theologian. To answer that question really is above my pay grade. So I look to the three pillars of the Church: Scripture, Doctrine, and Sacred Tradition and cling to them. I wish Francis did! His legacy is confusion and chaos which are not signs of the Holy Spirit, but signs of the smoke of Satan. Can anyone deny that Rome is a seat of confusion and chaos these days?
Pray for Holy Mother Church, the Bride of Christ. No Catholic can separate himself from her without endangering his soul. Was Athanasius apart from the Church when he was excommunicated during the Arian heresy, when most of the Church floundered in error? Is the SSPX apart from the Church today when she flounders in modernism promoted from the very seat of Peter?
I don't think so.
Discernment calls us to pray, study, and seek guidance from wise advisers. And so I've spoken to wise priests (Novus Ordo priests as a matter of fact) and I continue to pray and study. I'm at peace with the decision to participate and support the SSPX. We also continue to support our Novus Ordo parish. But when registration begins at the chapel we will formally join. We have no FSSP parish in the diocese and aren't likely to have one. And we hunger for the full banquet -- all the sacraments in the ancient form practiced by the saints throughout the millennia. We want the Mass of St. Thomas More, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Philip Neri -- of Benedict and Scholastica, of the Little Flower and St. Catherine of Siena -- of the Mexican martyrs and the English recusants.
I will attend a reverent Novus Ordo and often do, but I will never again endure a clown Mass, a polka Mass, a hootenanny Mass or any other gong-show abomination filled with liturgical abuses.
We owe God reverence and worship with an altar of sacrifice rather than a stage for a showman complete with liturgical dancers and broadway-style, toe-tapping "hymns." I'm done with that. Give me the Mass of the saints and martyrs!
May Jesus Christ be praised in all His angels and saints!