Traditional Chartres Pilgrimage Sold Out: A (Clear) Message to Pope Francis – Will He Listen?

Traditional Chartres Pilgrimage Sold Out: A (Clear) Message to Pope Francis – Will He Listen?

Le Forum Catholique reports:

Notre-Dame de Chrétienté, the association that organizes a large pilgrimage to Chartres every year at Pentecost, has recorded a participation rate in 2023 that has never been equaled in the past. No less than 16,000 pilgrims are preparing to travel from Paris to Chartres on May 27, 28 and 29. 

Neither the motu proprio Traditionis custodes, nor even the rescript published on February 21, 2023 restricting the use of the Tridentine rite to which Notre-Dame de Chrétienté is attached, are holding back the faithful. On the contrary, pilgrims walking from Notre-Dame de Paris to Notre-Dame de Chartes at Pentecost 2023 have never been so numerous.

“Never before seen!” says Odile Téqui, head of communications for Notre-Dame de Chrétienté. The association, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, is attracting more and more pilgrims. If for the last seven years, the ranks have grown by 10% each year, as explained last year by Jean de Tauriers, the president of the association, 2023 shows an increase of 33%, forcing the organizers to close registrations a fortnight before the pilgrimage. 16,000 pilgrims are preparing to join Chartres on May 27, 28 and 29, compared to 12,000 last year.

If the number of priests and religious (300 people) and foreign pilgrims (1,400 from 21 different countries) remains stable, it is mainly adults (10,000) and families that will swell the column of pilgrims, whose average age this year is 20.5 years. And this is without counting the chapter of “Guardian Angels”, pilgrims who are not walkers and who are spiritually united to the pilgrimage, who increase from 5,000 to 6,000 this year.”A totally historic participation”, notes Odile Téqui. “The traditional liturgy seems to respond to a thirst — perhaps increased in recent times — for transcendence, for a consistent catechism, for calm and depth. The new converts or reconverts who come to the pilgrimage also testify to the joyful and welcoming reality they find there,” she confided to Aleteia.

Another source today reported a grand total of 25,000 participants from 28 countries, but I have not yet been able to verify this number.   Source  

Editor writes…

The message is clear – the young are rejecting the liturgical, religious and moral revolution in the Church.  But will Pope Francis listen?  Will he smell the coffee sheep?

Your thoughts…

Comments (29)

  • westminsterfly Reply

    Michael Matt has reported on aspects of the Chartres pilgrimage in his latest video (towards the end):

    May 22, 2023 at 1:02 pm
    • Fidelis Reply

      Westminster Fly,

      I have started to watch that Michael Matt video and am about 7 minutes into it and very impressed. He is going over the history of the Reformation in England and the Revolution in France and he is treating it all very seriously, none of the usual chesty laughs which annoy me, sorry to say.

      I am looking forward to watching the rest of it, especially the end which you mention about Chartres, thanks for posting.

      May 22, 2023 at 4:37 pm
    • Josephine Reply


      Great video – thanks for that.

      May 22, 2023 at 4:44 pm
      • Laura


        I agree, great video, but I’m surprised that Michael Matt goes on about Francis being the problem as if this is breaking news. Is there anyone who still doesn’t know that he is a terrible pope?

        May 22, 2023 at 5:07 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Trust me – I used to work with a load of them – there are PLENTY out there in novus ordo land who think Pope Francis is great. I think also M Matt was trying to make the distinction that this is a spiritual problem, not a political one, and it will not be resolved by politicians, it will be resolved by a Pope (almost certainly one in the future, not this one!). But yes, I think it’s fair to keep plugging away at exposing Francis. The MSM and even people like Elton John love him, and agree with him, or either attempt to hide his errors. What can you say.

        May 22, 2023 at 5:37 pm
      • editor


        I agree and I’ve managed to watch this latest Remnant TV video through – it’s excellent.

        The Chartres Pilgrimage is set to be fantastic – I believe it’s always wonderful but I have a sense that this year – as an antidote to the Traditionis Custodes mob – it’s going to be even better. Outstanding, is the word that springs to mind.

        May 22, 2023 at 5:41 pm
      • Athanasius


        I agree with you that a good many pseudo Catholics think Pope Francis is great. The new Archbishop of Glasgow, William Nolan, wrote as much in response to a communication I sent to him some time ago lamenting this Pontificate. He’s a Francis sychophant, no question about it.

        For those who may be interested in a long, long, long read, here’s a link to a theological treatise I wrote for the Angelus magazine back in 2014. I refer to it because it mentions Pope Francis and his agenda even way back then. It may be useful to some, if only as a more effective sleep remedy than the nightly sleeping tablet.

        As for the Chartres pilgrimage, it is a wonderful testimony to faith in a time of general apostasy. I would have gone myself but for the refusal of authorities to allow me the penance of being carried along the route on a sedia gestatoria!

        Seriously though, I feel guilty that I’m not over there participating in such a wonderful display of fidelity to the faith. I wonder if they’ll be allowed to have the Latin Mass in Notre Dame as usual given that wicked edict of Pope Francis.

        May 22, 2023 at 10:15 pm
      • Laura


        I take your point about Michael Matt plugging away about Francis. I wasn’t thinking about novus ordo Catholics, but you are right – they need a whole lot more wake up calls.

        May 23, 2023 at 7:36 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply


    The globalist elites never listen to anyone but themselves (and, of course, their master, Lucifer); their favorite diabolical ruse is to claim that their evil agenda is in response to listening that never occurred. In terms of the Church, as essential aspect of the VII revolution was to claim that it was all to benefit the faithful, to make the liturgy easier to understand, to promote active participation, blah blah blah. Or, as sheep are wont to say, “bah, bah, bah.”

    These fraudulent synods, whose nauseating occurrence has become ever more odious under this Pontificate, are a perfect example of this – i.e. the conclusions are written first, followed by a manufactured, pretend “listening” process to gather input.

    This overflowing of pilgrims reminds me very much of a book I referred to recently on another thread, “Catholics,” by Brian Moore, in which the last TLM on earth, being celebrated on a remote Irish island at an ancient abbey, attracts thousands of pilgrims from around the world – much to the horror of the ecumenicists in the Vatican.

    Thank God for the young, and thank God for those who thirst for holiness. As for the “French Revolution in the Church,” all this sheep can say is “Baaahhhh, HUMBUG!”

    May 22, 2023 at 4:19 pm
    • Fidelis Reply

      RCA Victor,

      I remember that video about the last TLM in Ireland – we had it as a thread on here, if I remember correctly. It was very good indeed.

      May 22, 2023 at 4:34 pm
      • editor


        Thank you for reminding me about that discussion; I took a minute there to see if I could locate the thread but no such luck. If anyone remembers the headline, that would help me to find it. I vaguely remembering being disappointed in the ending but that could be a trick of my (bad) memory.

        May 22, 2023 at 5:56 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      Yes the “listening” ruse has been working a treat for years. If I had a pound for every bishop who introduced himself as the new bishop by saying that he wanted to listen to his people, I’d be sunning myself in the south of France and joining the Chartres pilgrims for evening meals in the best restaurants on their pilgrimage route this year – pronounced root not ROWT! As discussed with Wurdesmythe yesterday 😀

      The key problem with their desire to “listen” is that they listen to all the wrong people.

      It’s a wonder I’ve never won a trophy (so far, at least) for stating the blankety blank obvious 😀

      May 22, 2023 at 5:53 pm
      • RCAVictor


        Not only are they listening to the wrong people, but if the right people happen (by accident) to be invited to speak somewhere in their diocese, all it takes it one false accusation to have them “disinvited.” No investigation of the false accusation, no verification, just a knee-jerk reaction, for example, “Oh, so-and-so is a fundamentalist? We can’t allow them to speak here!” Pathetic.

        That’s what they used against Mel Gibson, among other ad hominems, in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati when “The Passion of the Christ” was released.

        May 22, 2023 at 11:42 pm
      • Leitourgos


        I am not sure if Archbishop Tartaglia did on going to Glasgow (he had a notoriously difficult relationship with the media, not because he was particularly virtuous, but because he said something silly) or whether the present incumbent also did not, but bishops promoted to Scottish dioceses used routinely to begin their ministry with a press conference.

        These are the occasions in which bishops tend say such things, usually to be better thought of, in which case, of course, they are, to say the least, engaging in some very wishful thinking. They come across in press conferences as low-level politicians handled by equally low-level media officers, the latter seemingly anxious to move up in the world from reporting on the Church into sports or, even better (but you have to clever), politics. Politics and political power, you see, is considered by both bishops and their media handlers to be the apex to which to aspire, forgetting, in the case of the bishops, that they are Vicars of Him who said emphatically that His Kingdom is not of this world and, in the case of journalists, that the application of the political paradigm to the Church is to fundamentally misrepresent her as just another aspect of the world. This is the faulty theo-logic which gives us, in our day, bishops banging on constantly about the environment (‘How green is your gas?’) and giving the impression of being quite open—such is the distance from which they follow the Master and his Gospel—to the possibility of some archaeologist coming along and finding the Tomb and it not empty, which would no doubt be as a great advance in Church-world relations.

        Too many bishops and priests fail to see that the world—whose emanation the media are, with some very few exceptions, if at all—
        stands in antithesis to their ministry. Its Prince and his minions wage daily war against the Church with unspeakable violence, and no where do they tempt so mercilessly than at the foot of the altar. To be unprepared for combat is to wounded, even mortally.

        But no, let us kid ourselves that everything in the garden is basically rosy, and there is no human problem that cannot be solved by taking a hosepipe of money to it, even, it would strangely seem, evangelization. (I don’t know if they take ‘Flourish’ in hell, but Judas must have split his sides laughing at that one.) Sin, conversion, the life of grace, death, judgement … all old hat and most definitely not newsworthy.

        ‘Tell me, Your Grace, what do I have to do to inherit eternal life?’ Reply: ‘I am frankly amazed at your question because it seems to imply eternal life is not yours by right, like, for instance, access to the NHS. You need it, you want it, you get it, and if it is not given to you, you scream blue murder and take it. But, if you keep your carbon footprint as low as possible, you will maybe move up the queue (which isn’t really a queue at all) that much quicker.’

        May 24, 2023 at 3:25 am
      • editor


        I was actually thinking of Bishop Keenan of Paisley when I wrote what I did about bishops announcing – on appointment – that they would be “listening” (not imposing their authority) on their people, but although I was thinking more of a first-time homily, address to the diocese, you are correct in that press releases are now commonplace and so probably the means of initial publicity.

        I totally agree with your remark about the bishops coming across as “low level politicians” – so true – which is why they are not respected by the real low level politicians (!) or the media operatives.

        If only they would do what they are ordained to do. End of problems!

        May 24, 2023 at 11:00 am
    • westminsterfly Reply

      RCA Victor
      I could be wrong, but I think the Brian Moore book was made into a film, and M Matt references it and has clips from it in the video I mentioned above: I’ve never read the book, but perhaps you will be able to verify it from the clips.

      May 22, 2023 at 6:04 pm
      • editor


        The clips in The Remnant video are from the film I used to launch a thread some years back. I just can’t find it after a brief search.

        May 22, 2023 at 6:08 pm
      • RCAVictor

        WF, Editor, et al,

        Here’s the link to the film. There’s another version called “The Conflict,” which apparently leaves out some scenes but which is also of extremely poor quality (also on YouTube). This one was posted by a Brazilian group (turn off the captions, they’re in Spanish, whereas the movie is actually in English!)

        May 22, 2023 at 11:27 pm
      • editor

        Many thanks, RCA Victor. That is the same film that I used on the blog many moons ago.

        May 22, 2023 at 11:59 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    As Micheal Matt says this Pope has been the greatest boost to Traditional Catholicism since Vatican 2. It’s already been said and asked on here ” Is The Pope a Catholic” Personally I believe He’s never really been a Catholic and like His Hatchet Men and Lavender Friends who applaud His every move is a career Clergyman.
    As for this great pilgrimage wouldn’t it be tremendous if This Pope converted and said a TLMass on the last Day of it . Nothing am sure would not only please us more than that. The rejoicing in Heaven if He did so would vibrate around the Whole Universe. It would definitely change this World of Ours. Alas that will never be . He won’t even acknowledge it . Unless of course they take up a Peters Pence collection.

    May 22, 2023 at 8:54 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    Regarding the movie link I just posted, ignore the “This video is unavailable” if you can. Otherwise I can send Editor the link so she can post it.

    May 22, 2023 at 11:28 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      Thank you for emailing the link – it’s now opened in your original comment. Gratitude!

      May 23, 2023 at 12:01 am
  • Leitourgos Reply

    Will he listen?

    Francis listens only when there is something in it for him, usually in terms of what he considers to be good publicity. So, no, he won’t be listening. He may even have some harsh words for these young people.

    Also, it was Benedict’s liberating of the Mass of the Ages that lead to his downfall, and it would take an awful lot to convince me differently. There are forces around the suppression of the Old Mass which are, frankly speaking, demonic.

    May 23, 2023 at 2:41 am
    • RCAVictor Reply


      He may even have some harsh words for these young people.

      Yes, unless he chooses another oft-practiced Communist method of dealing with dissenters: completely ignoring them. “Pilgrims? What pilgrims?”

      May 23, 2023 at 3:58 pm
      • Athanasius


        That’s a very interesting observation you make about the ‘ignore them’ method employed by Communists. It’s a method often employed by superiors within Tradition as well. I had it down as clericalist despise for subordinates, but now I wonder…

        May 23, 2023 at 6:59 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply


    On your question about the TLM being allowed for the Chartres pilgrims this year, I looked up the Rorate Caeli article, which said this:

    Is this friendship of certain bishops taking shape this year?

    Yes, we have obtained the authorization of Archbishop Ulrich of Paris for Father Durodié, pastor of Saint-Eugène in Paris, to say Mass at Saint-Sulpice on Saturday at 6:05 a.m. The pilgrims meet at 6 a.m.

    Bishop Christory of Chartres will attend the Mass celebrated in his cathedral on Monday by Bishop Gullickson, former U.S. apostolic nuncio to Ukraine and Switzerland.

    Bishop Rougé will welcome the pilgrims as he does every year on Saturday in his diocese of Hauts-de-Seine. He is the one who celebrated the mass in preparation for the pilgrimage.

    These are very friendly gestures.

    Here’s the full article:

    May 23, 2023 at 4:06 pm
    • Athanasius Reply


      Many thanks for this information, which ties in with reports I’ve read that many bishops are just ignoring Francis’s wicked edict against the Mass of the Ages. Good for them and God bless them.

      May 23, 2023 at 6:54 pm
  • Gabriel Syme Reply

    Of course Francis will not listen. Arrogant dictators never listen.

    He and his like will not be impressed or curious about this. If anything, he will probably try to ban the pilgrimage, or inflict the novus ordo on it.

    May 26, 2023 at 12:23 pm
  • Gabriel Syme Reply

    The numbers this year are certainly impressive – a maxed out attendance of 16,000. I hope the organisers have the good sense to increase their capacity for future years.

    I read that the SSPX pilgrimage, which goes in the opposite direction, will number 4,000 this year. Another reminder of their status as the engine room of traditionalism.

    However, in these current times, I wonder if it would not be better if the SSPX pilgrimage now joined up with the ‘official’ (if you will) event?

    May 26, 2023 at 12:26 pm

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