France: The Bishops Realize That the Anti-Christianophobia Movement Reaches Their Own Faithful

Source: FSSPX News

During their fall assembly in Lourdes, from November 4 to 9, 2011, the bishops mentioned the reactionary movement against christianophobia that is developing in France.  They claimed to take the attacks of which Christianity is the victim very seriously, all the while deploring the “excessive behavior of fanatic groups” (sic) during the protests against the play On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God.  Following the example of their president, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, they also condemned all recourse to violence in defense of Christian values.

However, Archbishop Roland Minnerath, archbishop of Dijon, admitted having received an important amount of mail from people reproaching him for the Church's “deafening silence”.  Be careful, he warned, not to trivialize the criticism against the figure of Christ. “If the Church is attacked, no problem, that is the risk that all institutions run.  But here, it's Christ who is attacked!”  Not to mention another, underlying risk: that of leaving the monopoly of the defense of Christ's honor in the hands of the Traditionalists.

All the bishops have observed the same fact: the circle of exasperated Catholics goes beyond that of the faithful attached to Tradition.  For Bishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, auxiliary bishop of Paris, they are often “rather simple, confused Catholics, for no one cares what they firmly believe in.”  According to Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, archbishop of Bordeaux, “there has always existed a tendency to violent action in the Catholic and political extreme right-wing.  But today, their actions are legitimate and justified by Catholics disconcerted by secularization and who feel that they are ridiculed.”

According to Archbishop Minnerath, it is the bishop's responsibility, as pastor, to take into account the distress of the Catholic people, “shocked by the violence of certain aggressions against symbols of Christianity”; and to recall that artistic creators should be conscious of the social responsibility that is theirs. (source: apic – DICI#245 Nov 26, 2011)

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