Letter on Saturday last, marking the 55th vigil at the Apostolic Nunciature in Paris in defense of the Tradtional Rite. (He is chef at Paix Liturgique.) Generally, I skim these and then send them to the folder but wanted to note in an especial way the sentences I've marked in bold infra.
This Saturday, October 22, we were once again, as usual, in front of the Apostolic Nunciature, 14bis avenue du President-Wilson, from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
We have commented on the ridiculousness of the letter published by Mgr Roland, Bishop of Bellay-Ars on October 11 and addressed to the priests and deacons of his diocese, with regard to the application of Roman decisions against the traditional liturgy. 61 years old, this rather “classical” bishop close to Cardinal Barbarin, Mgr Roland discovers today his vocation to eradicate the traditional liturgy.In an open letter addressed to this bishop (Lettre ouverte à Mgr Roland, in Riposte Catholique), Cyril Farret d'Astiès asks the right questions, or rather THE right question: has the ancient lex orandi, conveyed by the traditional liturgy, expired because of the new lex orandi, that of the liturgy of Vatican II? So far, for our part, we have been content with affirming that the traditional doctrine appears to be weakened in the new liturgy. But the attempt by Traditionis Custodes to eradicate the pre-Vatican II liturgy seems to be based expressly on the fact that the doctrine of the Church has changed.Actually, such assumption makes our action of protest against any suppressions, restrictions or repressive measures, all the more important: in fact, the question we ask our pastors regards directly the Catholic Faith. Ours has not changed and will never change.
It is therefore sustained by the very instinct of the faith that, continuing to practice the ancient liturgy, we respectfully challenge the Holy Father at the footsteps of his representative in Paris, in the same way that the Parisian faithful praying at Saint-Georges de La Villette and N.D. du Travail, as well as the faithful organizing the celebration of a mass at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, challenge the Archbishop of Paris and the Bishop of Versailles.