Thursday, July 04, 2024

No consecration because of Traditional Latin Mass: Bishop emphasises further dialogue with Rome

Despite Rome's current blockade regarding the ordination of seminarians from a traditionalist community, the dialogue with the Roman dicasteries is to be continued. 

This was stated by the coadjutor bishop of the French diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, François Touvet, at a priestly ordination, according to a statement on the diocese's website on Saturday. 

"The dialogue will continue with their superiors, the competent Roman dicasteries (Divine Worship and Consecrated Life), in liaison with Cardinal Aveline, our Metropolitan Archbishop". 

Touvet also emphasised his attachment to the seminarians and reaffirmed his trust in the Superior General Jean-Raphaël Dubrule and his community. "They also know that I accompany them in their concern for obedience and communion with the Apostolic See. I am counting on everyone's trust in the Church," said the bishop.

The background to this is that Rome is currently blocking the ordination of seminarians from the traditionalist community of the Missionaries of Divine Charity. 

Five seminarians have been waiting for their ordination as deacons for over a year, one even two. 

One problem seems to be the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, which is provided for in the community's statutes. 

However, after many discussions with the relevant authorities in the Vatican, it emerged, according to the community, that the problem lies not only in the ordination rite, but also in the future priests' ability to celebrate the pre-conciliar liturgy. Alongside mercy and mission among Muslims, this is one of the charisms of the community. 

However, after the Motu Proprio "Traditionis custodes" (2021), the Vatican severely restricted the pre-conciliar liturgy. 

Priests who are ordained after its publication and wish to celebrate according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 must submit an application to the diocesan bishop. He must consult the Vatican before granting permission.

The traditionalist community "Société des missionnaires de la miséricorde divine" was founded in Toulon in 2005. 

According to the diocese, it has 22 members, including seven priests, one deacon, two brothers and 12 seminarians. 

The community has diocesan rights and is therefore subordinate to the diocesan bishop.