Traditionis Custodes: Brutal Archbishop of Paris ADDS Restrictions to Prevent Access to TLM

Traditionis Custodes: Brutal Archbishop of Paris ADDS Restrictions to Prevent Access to TLM

Archbishop Michel Aupetit is banning the traditional Mass from more than half of the locations where it was regularly celebrated, either on Sundays or in some cases on weekdays. Only five churches in Paris will officially be allowed to use the old Missal.  Click here to read more

Editor writes…

This news came to me in an email from our some-time blogger in France, Lionel (Paris).  He writes “The number of churches where celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass will be authorized has been drastically limited by the present archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, apparently with immediate effect. All diocesan priests in the French capital received a letter this Wednesday outlining how Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, which aims at severely restricting and even banning, over time, the Church’s traditional liturgy, will be implemented by order of the local bishop.” Ends.

Precisely why are the opponents of the ancient Mass so afraid of it?  They allow all sorts of nonsense at the new Mass, to the point of sacrilege and even blasphemy, arguing that if it attracts the young, in particular, then it’s a way of getting them into the church building – too bad about the loss of dignity and reverence in the process.  So, why the desperation to limit access to the very dignified traditional Latin Mass?

Comments (15)

  • westminsterfly

    I’m surprised there’s a Catholic Church left standing in Paris. A French friend reliably informs me it’s become something of an Islamic stronghold. Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet (SSPX) will be busy . . .

    September 14, 2021 at 2:43 pm
    • Lily


      I was so surprised to read your comment that I Googled and found this link showing that Islam is becoming the dominant religion in France – quote: “Meanwhile, the Socialist government in France recently inaugurated a new mega-mosque in Paris as a first step toward “progressively building a French Islam.”

      This is heart-wrenching in such a once-Catholic country, the land of great saints like St Margaret Mary Alacoque who spread the devotion to the Sacred Heart. It’s really sad.

      September 14, 2021 at 3:24 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Oh yes, it’s been happening for years. I think I read somewhere that Marseilles is now majority Islamic. I grieve for the beautiful chapel in the Rue du Bac where Our Lady gave the Miraculous Medal to St Catherine Laboure and her incorrupt body remains to this day. It is quite hidden away – you could pass it on the street and not realise it was there – but I hope and pray Our Lady will protect it. There have been prophecies from saints about the fall of France to Islam.

        September 14, 2021 at 3:49 pm
      • Margaret Mary

        Westminster Fly,

        Marseilles is 40% Muslim now and considered the most dangerous place in Europe.,drug%20dealers%20who%20control%20the%20city%E2%80%99s%20no-go%20zones.

        The response of the Church authorities is as you would expect, weak and accommodating.

        September 14, 2021 at 6:36 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Margaret Mary,
        How old is that article in that link? The reason I ask is that thinking about it, the article I read – I can’t remember where I read it, but it said that Marseilles was now the first majority Muslim city in France – that was the whole point of the article. I wouldn’t have thought anyone would publish stuff like that if it could be easily disproved, but I could be wrong.

        September 16, 2021 at 3:44 pm
  • westminsterfly

    I meant to add that restricting / stopping the TLM will only hasten that fall.

    September 14, 2021 at 3:51 pm
  • Lionel (Paris)


    Paris, 15th August 1982


    Since the publication in NOTITIAE n°185 of December 1981 of the “report on the investigation by Cardinal James KNOX, former Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, concerning the use of Latin and the Tridentine Mass”, the liturgical question rebounds. Is it not appropriate to briefly recall what Cardinals OTTAVIANI and BACCI thought in their “brief critical examination of the New Mass” presented to Paul VI on September 3, 1969?
    The two prelates deplore in particular that “the new Ordo Missae, if one considers the new elements, susceptible of very diverse appreciations, insinuated or involved, which are appearing in it, stands impressively further away, on the whole as in the details, from the Catholic theology of the Holy Mass, as it was formulated at the XXIInd session of the Council of Trent”.
    Quoting “a well-known periodical, intended for bishops and expressing their teaching”, Cardinals OTTAVIANI and BACCI believe that “one wants to make a clean sweep of all the theology of the Mass. Substantially, one is drawn nearer to the protestant theology which destroyed the sacrifice of the Mass”. Now, these criticisms perfectly determine the essential motive for our attachment to the ancient liturgy. It is therefore futile to evoke, in order to explain it, nostalgia or considerations of a political nature, if ever it would be true that they may be objectively established. In addition, we find, like our British friends, that “the old rite leaves more time than the new one to meditation during the Mass, that Latin has never been an obstacle to understanding…” and we also feel “the new rite as being less reverent, less conducive to meditation and, above all, to the respect due to the Blessed Sacrament…” (THE UNIVERSE of October 31, 1980). We therefore fully share their conclusions.
    On the other hand, the Congregation gives us the feeling that “those who celebrate the Mass of Paul VI do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” (sic). This issue is extremely serious. It joins the main object of our motivation, the theology of the Holy Mass. “The ‘Last Supper’ is characterized as being that of the assembly presided over by the priest; that of the assembly gathered in order to realize “the memorial of the Lord” which recalls what He did on Holy Thursday”, write in the essential Cardinals OTTAVIANI and BACCI, continuing: “all this implicates neither the real Presence nor the reality of the Sacrifice, nor the sacramental character of the priest who consecrates, nor the intrinsic value of the Eucharistic Sacrifice independently of the presence of the assembly. In short, the new definition of the Mass (Institutio generalis, chapter 2, n°7) does not contain any of the dogmatic data which are essential to the Mass and which constitute its true definition. The omission, in such a place of this dogmatic data, can only be voluntary”. Now, our friends across the Channel consider “the English translation of the Mass ugly and inaccurate and doctrinally deficient…” Some even wish that “an English translation of the old rite be made available” (THE UNIVERSE, October 31, 1980). It is precisely the “inaccurate and doctrinally flawed translations”, the way they are felt and interpreted, the behaviours, that make us think that some “Catholics” do not or no longer believe in the real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. We are outraged that bishops, instead of observing the evidence, complain about people who only observe it. We are calling for a return to orthodoxy.
    No, we are not indeed perpetual discontented neither nostalgic nor bitter nor politicized people who, bereft of serious motives, for only showing themselves inconsiderately to the fore, would keep on the liturgical quarrel. We love the Church we have chosen to belong to. We only keep in mind that “faith procures eternal life”.

    September 14, 2021 at 4:09 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    I don’t think all the French bishops agree with the Archbishop of Paris – this report suggests the opposite

    September 14, 2021 at 6:32 pm
  • Josephine

    It’s a wonder more bishops are not doing this – in fact, so are as I understand the situation, most bishops are leaving well alone and not bothering about Traditionis Custodes. My sense of it is that the Church is in freefall now, with hardly anyone attending Mass (helped along by live-steamed Masses) and they know that those who attend the TLM are committed enough to fight back if they try anything. That might change in Glasgow when we get a new archbishop, of course – there’s been a tangible hatred of the old rite even way back before Summorum Pontificum, when the Masses would be allowed on a weekday and said in the most awkward parishes.

    For this archbishop of Paris to send that letter to his priests, shows real badness IMHO. I hope they ignore him.

    September 14, 2021 at 6:44 pm
  • editor

    All very interesting comments. I have popped in to mention that when a friend paid a visit a few days ago, I showed her some of the clips of priests and religious dancing (the idiotic Jerusalema Challenge). She shook her head in disgust at each one. However, when I showed her this one, she didn’t shake her head.

    When I looked over to see how she was reacting, tears were streaming down her face. I can’t recall her exact words, but she was very upset that this sort of scandal could take place at the end of what we used to describe as “Holy Mass”. I do remember her remarking that she is so glad that she is now able to attend the TLM in a parish church. She’ll be glad she doesn’t live in Paris, when I tell her this latest news.

    Words that I DO remember, though, are those uttered by my 8 year old Great Niece when I said I was trying to think of a headline for a blog thread on this dancing nonsense. She replied: “What about Is this how priests should be spending their time?” *

    Out of the mouths of babes…

    * PS this is the headline to win the final vote 😀

    September 14, 2021 at 6:55 pm
    • Margaret USA

      Madame Editor,

      Where did that happen? I can’t watch the video – it’s too heartbreaking.

      Margaret USA 🇺🇸

      September 18, 2021 at 7:05 am
      • editor

        Margaret USA,

        We ran a thread on the scandalous Jerusalema Challenge where people in every profession, including the priesthood and religious life, participated in some daft dance performance all over the world. I think it began in 2020, but not sure and I don’t know if it is ongoing. Wouldn’t be surprised. It’s briefly explained on this thread…

        September 18, 2021 at 8:54 am
  • Victor

    No one knows what Francis intention really it, after all, who am I to judge him? Simply superficially – as a child could understand – it’s illogical to insist that there is only one liturgy of the Roman rite, albeit the novus ordo, while also continuing to permit the Tridentine Mass. Since this was never allowed to change and the Bishop of Rome decreed anyone who changes it is anathema. It also violates the unity of the Church and is more in tune with synodality. Benedict’s motu proprio also made no sense to me since there can only be one true form, as there is only one true Eucharist, which the serpent on the stick prefigured Christ on the Cross. Nowadays Francis is telling us to trust the serpent on the stick, world health symbol, more than the Eucharist, in fact banning unvaxxed from Slovakian mass. Doesn’t Bishop of Rome have authority over Slovakian bishops who stipulated this, unless he agrees with them, but again, who am I to judge?

    It might make sense if the intention is to gather a list of names of priests who celebrate the mass. We know France has a burning church problem, as does Canada, and other places. In France I understand the state does own all church buildings, including mosques, since the revolution deposing the King of France. Notably the cathedral of Our Lady, Notre Dame, burnt as a symbol of the heart of Mary and the heart of Jesus on fire for love. This is also one interpretation of the “annihilation of various nations” where the Traditional Latin Mass has all but disappeared save for the true guardians of tradition keeping it alive.

    I found it interesting the root word in Latin for tradition, to hand down, comes from the same root as ‘traditore,’ traitor: to hand over; to betray. This explains the pope’s fascination with the Apostle Judas, the betrayer, how the pope will have much to suffer. Wasn’t it also said the road to hell would be paved with the skulls of bishops? Precisely because of their greater responsibility and knowledge for the salvation of others will those who have taken Holy Orders be judged harsher than those who haven’t, is why the enemy attacks priests especially and we are asked to pray for them and for the pope.

    September 15, 2021 at 3:00 am
  • Theresa Rose


    It is Liturgical warfare. Pope Francis is being asked to abrogate Traditionus Custodes.

    September 15, 2021 at 2:08 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    Where does one begin on this Article. Am certainly no Theologian but I don’t think that Horror Bergoglio wrote that Garbage Document Banning the Latin Mass . O of course He signed it but I don’t think He even possesses enough knowledge of the Catholic Faith to have written it. ED that Bongo Dance ( or whatever it is ) sums up lots of so called Priests now all the way up to Bergoglio. In otherwords most of them want to be celebrities. It also reminds me of a couple of years back when some Irish Priests had arguments about who was to sing at a Mass said by Bergoglio.

    As for Victors Letter I also didn’t know that the word Traitor came from the Word Tradition, it is very apt indeed. One thing though we know that probably Bergoglio doesn’t ( as He’s not a Catholic ) is that in times of Persecution the Catholic Faith flourished. I knew of Cromwell and Mass Rock Altars Etc . But one thing I didn’t know until I read a Book about the Guy Fawkes Times in England of How Brave Men and Women fought underground to keep the Faith Alive. I found the Mass of Ages on this Site as av said. Our Sunday Latin Mass was cancelled as you know by our So Called Catholic Bishop. I would like to travel into Glasgow for The Mass of Ages on a Sunday but have no Transport. So for now am attending the Thursday Latin Mass which for the moment at least is now on. I cannot seem to go back to the N.O . Mass .

    September 15, 2021 at 6:41 pm

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