INTRODUCTION: In France about 1,000 Roman Catholic traditionalists occupied the parish church of St. Nicolas?
INTRODUCTION: In France about 1,000 Roman Catholic traditionalists occupied the parish church of St. Nicolas du Chardonnet in the Latin Quarter of Paris on Sunday (27 February). They have announced that they will stay there until the Archbishop of Paris has given them a proper church of their own. They marched in shortly after the end of a regular Sunday service. A lock on the door leading to the organ loft was broken and there was a scuffle between the organist and a few of the demonstrators.
SYNOPSIS:The two priests leading the demonstrators, Monsignor France is Ducaud-Bourget and the Abbe Louis Coache then begun a traditional sung Mass in Latin. Both men are followers of Monsignor Lefebvre, the leader the traditionalist breakaway movement, which has existed since the Vatican Council modern ??? the language in which Mass is celebrated above ten years ago. Since ??? the traditional ??? Paris have had to ??? in the Salle Wagram, near the Arc de Triomphe once a favourite place for boxing matches and political meetings.
After Monsignor Lefebvre's ??? publicised celebration of a Latin Mass at Lille last summer, the traditionalists have been hoping for some sort of compromise with Rome, But early last week the Paris??? traditionalists threatened to boycott municipal elections unless the authorities, who own all the churches, give them a proper church.
During the service Visnews reporter Michel Meunier asked Monseigneur Ducaud-Bourget why he and his supporters had taken ever the church. He said they had done everything legally but their requests for a church had been repeatedly refused, so they had now finally decided to take one for themselves. Monsignor Ducaud-Bourget then said that the Latin mass that was being ??? had always been considered correct ??? the Vatican Council decided to change the service. Monsignor Ducaud-Bourget's ??? priest ??? later called ??? present to alert that relatives and friends order ??? ensure the occupation of the ??? day and night. The traditionalists were still occupying the church on Monday.