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A Vocation – Despite Traditionis Custodes Testimony against Francis rigid restrictions. Father Laurent Demets who was ordained a priest for the Fraternity of Saint Peter in 2000, offered his testimon…More
A Vocation – Despite Traditionis Custodes

Testimony against Francis rigid restrictions.
Father Laurent Demets who was ordained a priest for the Fraternity of Saint Peter in 2000, offered his testimony after Francis used Traditionis Custodes to introduce rigid restrictions against the Roman Mass. Demets has been working in France, the United States and Canada, and is now based in Saigon, Vietnam.

A big gap. Demets grew up in France, in a non-practising Catholic family. As a child in the 1970s he liked to read a children's Bible and to go to church sometimes when accompanying his grandmother to the Novus Ordo. His interest in spirituality continued into his adolescence but he wasn’t satisfied with the New Rite without knowing why. At 18, he devoured a book about the life of Charles de Foucauld discovering his thirst for God. But he noticed the gap between what he had read and the parish liturgy which he attended from time to time.

A spiritual shower. In the year of his baccalaureate, he heard about the excommunication of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre whose name was new to him. He found out about the Latin Mass but thought that it was something from the past only. During his time at the University, he visited a new Old Rite monastery: Sainte Madeleine du Barroux. This was like a revelation which he calls a spiritual shower! He could finally connect the liturgy which he experienced there, with his readings. Demets became a practicing Catholic.

Sad discovery. Then Demets was astonished to discover that some priests would close the door on those attending the Old Rite whereas their discourse was always about welcome, tolerance. His conformist chaplain at the boy scouts told him that after the Council the Latin Mass was over. Demets asked him for the Council documents so that he could read them. Several days later the priest told him that he couldn't find them. So, everybody was talking about the Council, but nobody was reading the texts.

Hidden Treasure. Through the Old Rite, Demets discovered an immense spiritual treasure, and at the same time felt frustration: Why is this treasure hidden and even forbidden? – he asked himself. When he couldn’t attend Mass, he went to the Novus Ordo where he felt a spiritual void, as the human side had supplanted the supernatural. So, Demets states that many people feel drawn to God through the Roman Rite. They have no intention to oppose the Council, which few know anyway. Quote, “They just want to live their faith fully.”
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The Mass of the ages needs to be its own rite, independent like the Byzantine rite and the 19 others.