More voices against the instruction "Redemptionis sacramentum"

Source: FSSPX News


The German prelate declared himself horrified to have to defend “the normal doctrine of the Church, and amongst other things, the essential points of the Eucharist” against high-ranking collaborators. The faith is considered a private affair, according to the principle: “No one can dictate to me what I must believe,” he lamented. Even the highest ranking men of the Church are losing confidence. Bishop Marx says he is convinced that the Church must not take a short cut towards ecumenism, which aims at resolving theological questions in an emotional way. According to him, in the history of the Church, such initiatives have never worked.

Extracts from readers’ letters from La Croix of June 9, 2004

From Raphaelle Chevalier-Montariol : “So we have escaped the worst! And, in order to console us, we are exhorted to not let ourselves stop short at the negative impression felt after reading Redemptoris sacramentum! All this in the name of Vatican II, behind which Rome is hiding! We are sad to note to what extent, in our Catholic and Roman Church, the spirit of openness to the the outside world contrasts with the pernickety authoritarianism within the Church. We are proud of the interreligious dialogue at the forefront of civil society, but sad and discouraged by the lack of confidence in the living members of the People of God, who, in all parts of the world, must be stretched or recut to the dimensions of the bed of Procrustes.(…)

The Council opened up to the laity the possibility of communion under both kinds. Little by little, for reasons of hygiene and a better participation at large gatherings, intinction became widespread. But why should the hands of a lay person be demonized and why should he be forbidden to dip the consecrated bread himself? In what way is putting ones tongue out to a priest and licking his fingers more respectful to the Body and Blood of Christ? Of what, of whom are they afraid? Are we so irresponsible?”

From Eric de La Selle: “A painful impression emerges from reading this. The impression of an accelerated return to the Church of sanction and restriction, which turned away so many men of good will from the truths of the Gospel. There is no doubt that a class of hierarch sticklers has prospered around the pope, and sends forth its diktats urbi et orbi, hoping to take us back to the era of mute and terrorized Christians. The only hope that can sustain the Christians who are courageously committed to supporting a Church which is running out of steam, is that we return to the great inspiration of Vatican II, not only in its form, but also in its spirit.”

From Marie-France Jullien: “I must admit to have been saddened by the Roman instruction Redemptionis sacramentum. Saddened that the Vatican is persisting in losing its way (and in losing us) in the rules of details which are of interest to almost nobody. (…) The many Catholics whom I know are, like me, very weary of petty Church rules, directives and dogma of all kinds, which weigh down the faith instead of sustaining it, and close the door of the Church to many non-believers, who nevertheless are touched by Christ.”

From Fr. Paul Delerce: “I read with sadness and consternation, these 200 points of narrow legalism verging on rubricism, the various warnings, interdictions, and threats of sanctions. I would at least have liked these things to be said in more gallant terms! And I would have especially appreciated more understanding and encouragement for the patient efforts we have made during the years following Vatican II to bring about the aggiornamento of the Eucharistic liturgy. I hope that nothing will prevent us from pursuing them with as much boldness as prudence.”

From Odile Genaud-Prachex: “Girls or women may be admitted to this service at the discretion of the local bishop.” Why this racism, this abuse of power towards the feminine sex, to push us aside and accept us only under conditions, are we second class human beings? Where is the absolute love of Christ, does Jesus discriminate between male and female?”