Church of Love: Why The Fraternity Is Expelled From Dijon

Dijon Archbishop Roland Minnerath, France, has stated that he expels the Fraternity of St Peter from his Archdiocese because their priests don’t co-preside at the Novus Ordo Chrism Eucharist during Holy Week.

He said this to local faithful, and his press office confirmed it to CatholicNewsAgency.com. Co-presiding in the Novus Ordo Church is an option, never an obligation according to the regulations of Vatican II and Canon 902.

Minnerath faced a big outcry against his decision and is now shamelessly using the reaction he provoked to play victim by saying that the reaction was “very revealing of the spirit of a part of the people who refer to the Fraternity.”

An online petition signed by 2.500 persons was rejected by Minnerath with the non pertinent argument that a “majority of the signatures come from outside the diocese.”

Since there is no contract - not even a contact - between the Fraternity and Minnerath, the latter will get away with his action - at least in this world. Minnerath is 74. Life expectance for males in France is 80,3 years.

The Fraternity of St Peter has brought the case to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, but seeking justice in Rome is the equivalent of trying to find Catholic bishops in France.


Cynthia Marie Moulthrop
Unfortunately, the FSSP signed an agreement with the devil, oh sorry, I meant the Vatican, saying they would con celebrate one Novus Ordo Mass per year with the conciliar Church, the Chrism Mass. You make a deal with the devil and you always lose, as he is the father of lies.
Olivier Cartier
You are wrong. The FSSP never signed such a thing. The FSSP celebrates the latin mass exclusively, as already said in the comments. Some priests did con celebrate in the past, and they are no longer (since more than 10 years ago) part of this community.
The whole affair is utterly sickening. All the more so now that the bishop has laid out his reasoning.
The FSSP celebrates the Latin Mass exclusively, it's always been part of their charism..The Archbishop was undoubtely aware of this. Bogus excuse is bogus.
SSPX priory of the Holy Family, Dijon.
Parishes in Dijon from 720 in 2007 to 60 in 2020. Most of the priests they've got are too old to serve even those.