Save the Chartres Pilgrimage… And the Mass

Save the Chartres Pilgrimage… And the Mass

From Michael J. Matt, Editor, The Remnant…

19,290 views Premiered on 2 Oct 2022

Here at the launch of the world premiere of this RTV documentary, word reaches us of a growing concern in France that the French bishops may prohibit use of the Chartres Cathedral for the 2023 pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres.  It is imperative that Traditional Catholics the world over stand in solidarity with their French brothers to not let this happen. Therefore, I am urgently requesting that this documentary be shared on social media, websites, blogs, and to email contacts all over the world, so that the French bishops will realize that traditional Catholics will unite in protest of this grave injustice, should it, in fact, come to pass.

For the past forty years, the flagship event of Traditional Catholicism worldwide has been the Notre Dame de Chretiente Pentecost Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres. This epic RTV documentary explores the history, the present, and the future of the Pilgrimage as the premier event uniting Traditional Catholics from countries all over the world. In light of the motu proprio of Pope Francis, Traditionist Custodes, restricting the Latin Mass worldwide, the Pilgrimage emerges as a powerful counter-attack in defense of the Mass of history.  Featuring interviews [with] priests, laymen (young and old), and bishops involved with this massive piece of traditional Catholic action, this documentary provides a comprehensive treatment of what traditional Catholicism after the Second  Vatican Council is all about, why it matters, how it has helped to transform a few independent voices of Catholic restoration into a powerful and united movement that is changing history and that has launched the traditional Catholic restoration movement into an international federation dedicated to defending the Catholic Faith and the Mass of all time.  For God’s sake and the future of the Traditional Latin Mass, please share this video with everyone you know.  

Editor writes… 

One of our Glasgow priests, Father Stephen Dunn, is interviewed.  Don’t miss!  

Comments (22)

  • Laura Reply

    What a beautiful video! I’ve never made the Chartres Pilgrimage but I’m wishing now I had gone when I was younger. Seeing that stunning altar in that fabulous cathedral is just beyond description. How terrible if the French bishops prevent that grace-filled event from taking place in 2023. I am certain that they will bring down God’s wrath on themselves if they do that.

    It was also good to be able to put a face to the name Father Stephen Dunn. I liked his honesty in saying the Lord had tested him on that pilgrimage! All the priests, himself included, were impressive. The young Scots girl who spoke was also lovely and made an impression, so Scotland was well represented!

    October 4, 2022 at 9:55 am
    • Lily Reply


      For any bishop to want to put an end to something so faith-filled and beautiful, can only be a sign of the devil at work in his soul.

      October 4, 2022 at 2:23 pm
      • Fidelis


        Absolutely. For any Catholic, let alone a bishop, to want to stop such a beautiful display of the faith as the Chartres Pilgrimage, is an obvious sign of the devil at work. I couldn’t agree more. My only regret is that I knew nothing about it and would have loved to take part, in my younger days.

        October 4, 2022 at 5:33 pm
      • editor


        The Devil is definitely at work here. No question. Let’s hope any attempt to shut down the Chartres Pilgrimage is doomed (as I believe it is) to fail.

        October 5, 2022 at 8:03 am
    • Josephine Reply


      It was good to see Fr Dunn after reading his letters on this blog. The goodness just shines out of him – he’s one of those priests who stand out. I know people who go to him for Confession, and they can’t speak highly enough of him. He is such a pastoral priest, all about the person’s soul, nothing gets in the way of that, are the kind of things I’ve heard people say. If only we had a few more like him. I also liked his honesty in saying he found the pilgrimage hard going – even there he puts a spiritual gloss on it, saying the Lord had tested him! God bless him. He did Scotland proud.

      October 4, 2022 at 5:20 pm
      • Fidelis


        Fr Dunn is one of a kind. He has the reputation in Glasgow of being a bit eccentric but I’m told that he’s not, just an exuberant personality type, LOL! I’ve heard that his personality is more suited to the novus ordo missae but it speaks well of him that he went to the trouble of learning the TLM anyway, and I hear that the attendances at his Masses are healthy. It’s not in the easiest part of the city to get to either, so that speaks for itself. I agree, he did Scotland proud in that Chartres interview.

        October 4, 2022 at 5:29 pm
      • editor

        Thanks for the praise for Father Dunn – which is well deserved. He has been dealt plenty of stick on another blog frequented by priests, but he takes it like a man. No effeminate temper tantrums or vengefulness – he quotes Jacinta of Fatima about offering up sufferings, making sacrifices for souls. He is, in other words, a “traditional” Catholic in the true sense of the word. He won’t be happy reading this unless I add that he is very open about his own faults/imperfections – as we saw in his short video interview, he is honest about himself.

        The canonisation will be tomorrow evening at his First Friday Mass 😀

        The First Friday Mass in Sacred Heart, Bridgeton, is tomorrow, 7th October (Feast of the Most Holy Rosary) at 8pm, with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament afterwards There is always an all-night vigil at the Sacred Heart, led by Fr Dunn, every First Friday into Saturday. All welcome.

        October 6, 2022 at 8:45 am
  • Antoine Bisset Reply

    That’s interesting. I am not sure how the French bishops could prevent it. All churches in France are the property of the State, not of the Church. (Though the state usually does little about their upkeep.)
    That being so it is the secular authorities who would have to close the cathedral. How involved does the State wish to get?

    October 4, 2022 at 10:28 am
    • Fidelis Reply

      Antoine Bisset,

      I didn’t know that the churches in France belong to the State, not the Church. That’s surprising to me. It must make some things very difficult for the Church, then, so I wonder how that works.

      October 4, 2022 at 5:31 pm
    • mary Reply

      I was in France just before the lockdown. My trip included Amiens Cathedral. The facade details the Last Judgement, yet a Sound and Light event was taking place trivialising it , with gaudy technicolour kitch images moving over it and jazzy music. I was also accosted by Jehovah Witnesses outside the Cathedral, in this supposedly Catholic country; and I understand that churches are being pulled down all over France.
      Very sad.
      I wonder whether in France they used churches and cathedrals as Covid jabbing centres, (a vile thing), as they did in Britain.

      October 8, 2022 at 8:56 pm
  • Margaret Mary Reply

    How could the French bishops prevent it? That’s easy. The old chestnut, “obedience”. Once the clergy get the message that the bishops don’t want them there, that will have an effect.

    It’s a very moving video and seeing all the youngsters there, it’s easy to see why the bishops would like to put an end to it. I sincerely hope they don’t succeed.

    October 4, 2022 at 10:59 am
    • Fidelis Reply

      Margaret Mary,

      If priests still can’t tell the difference between true and false obedience by this stage in the game, they’ll never learn it. Personally, I don’t think the bishops will try to stop the Chartres Pilgrimage – I’d be very surprised if they did so.

      October 4, 2022 at 5:24 pm
  • Lily Reply

    Beautiful video. Superb cathedral. Lucky young people to experience the Chartres pilgrimage.

    October 4, 2022 at 2:22 pm
    • Josephine Reply


      I agree completely – those are very lucky young Catholics to be able to join such a spectacular pilgrimage. The cathedral in Chartres is absolutely beautiful; the altar where the Mass is being offered on the video is just incredible. How could anyone be present at that Mass and not see the novus ordo for what it is?

      October 4, 2022 at 5:16 pm
  • Bernie Reply

    I’ve always admired the Chartres Pilgrimage. Some of my young nephews have attended more than once and they loved it.

    October 4, 2022 at 6:55 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    I was just reading a little about the history of this cathedral and its predecessors – again and again there has been destruction, total or partial, by fire, the last of which was in 1836.

    Now, however, that revolutionaries have taken over the Church, we have a threatened destruction by a different kind of fire: “Fire in the Minds of Men.”

    We should pray that the Cathedral’s famous relic will help to protect the tradition of this pilgrimage and its Mass from the internal enemies of the Church, among whom are numerous bishops.

    October 4, 2022 at 9:52 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      A very interesting link – except, instead of being a “new” revolution, the one described by the author is as old as the Garden of Eden.

      To your concluding paragraph, what can I say except – alleluia!

      October 5, 2022 at 8:01 am
  • Marcetetitet Reply

    Hello. First of all, I’ll start by saying that I’m not trying to bother or be a troll with this message because I know that messages unrelated to the content of the post are not allowed, but I’ve tried to put it in the “General discussion” but I couldn’t. I am Spanish and I would like to ask about a bishop who left on Monday, Bishop Tripp who was an auxiliary of Glasgow, in case anyone knew him and to know how he was as a priest and bishop. Thanks.

    October 5, 2022 at 2:29 pm
    • editor Reply


      I do not recall any Bishop Tripp from Glasgow, but there was an auxiliary Bishop Tripp in Southwark (England) – he died yesterday (didn’t “leave” in the usual sense!)

      I know nothing about him, except that now we should say a prayer for the repose of his soul!

      Sorry about your General Discussion post and this one going into moderation. That should not happen now that I realise your good intentions and that you are not a troll. Deo gratias!

      October 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    If ever something needs to be stopped that’s Holy the Bergoglions will go all out fighting like the Devils they are .
    How can something so beautiful as this be stopped by someone who says that they are Catholics . As the Ed says they will fail as they have failed all over the World. Of course the Bergoglions think they have a Victory as they Believe nothing of The Supernatural but like us all they will Die. What Judgement must await a Person who has stopped or tried to stop Devine Holy Mass to The Father Son and Holy Ghost. This beautiful procession must Hurt Bergoglio and His Lavender Mafia mob as they have Nothing not even superficial that comes near something so Great this Side of Heaven.

    October 5, 2022 at 5:10 pm
  • crofterlady Reply

    Isn’t it funny how these disobedient (to the Magisterium and the then good popes) suddenly get afflicted with a dose of “obedience” where attacking Tradition is concerned!? I wonder just what they are afraid of?

    As for church buildings, I believe they were taken over during the French revolution. That’s why Notre Dame de Paris has to be restored by the state, not the Church. An interesting aside: St. Magnus cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney, is owned, and so controlled by the Orkney Council. I know several priests who have offered the TLM there and there’s not a thing the bishop can do about it!

    October 6, 2022 at 6:08 am
  • editor Reply

    An interesting development, reported at The Remnant – video of the press conference embedded in the article…

    October 6, 2022 at 8:31 am

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