France: Installation of the new Archbishop of Paris

Source: FSSPX News


Mgr. André Vingt-Trois was given an enthusiastic welcome by the faithful of Paris on Saturday March 5, in a packed Notre Dame Cathedral, in the presence of more than 600 priests and around thirty bishops who had come to assist at the first Mass of the new Archbishop of Paris. Many personalities, including Bernadette Chirac, wife of the French president, the Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres and the Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe were present. The Mass was broadcast live on Radio Notre Dame and on the Catholic television channel KTO.

 “Live as children of the light” was the theme of the sermon preached by Mgr. Vingt-Trois during this ceremony, and included the following statements: “It is enlightened by Him (Christ) that we enter serenely and resolutely into the discussions of our time, not so that one particular organization of society may prevail, but in order to share the treasure we have received through pure grace. We are convinced that this grace is the source of progress in human dignity and a way to social relations which are more equitable, more just and more peaceful.

 “In announcing the primacy of right over might, the primacy of mercy and forgiveness over justice and vengeance, the primacy of the human being from conception until death over its use at the service of particular desires, the primacy of fidelity over emotional instability, we do not speak in favor of a specific denominational claim. We are doing nothing but recalling the fundamental conditions of human stability in society and encouraging our contemporaries to live according to the profound aspiration of their desire for happiness, but accepting the conditions of this happiness, and taking the necessary means to achieve this.”

 The following Monday, March 7, in an interview given to La Croix, Mgr. Vingt-Trois affirmed: “I have not been appointed to the Archbishopric of Paris to go on a Crusade. Therefore I have no intention to do so!”

 These initial statements would seem to place the new archbishop of Paris in line with the Dagens Report “Proposing the faith in today’s society” (1996). It says: “Without hesitation, we are happy to place ourselves, as Catholics, in the cultural and institutional context of today, particularly marked by the emergence of individualism and by the principle of secularism. We refuse all nostalgia for past eras where the principle of authority seemed to impose itself in an indisputable way. We do not dream of an impossible return to what used to be known as Christendom.”