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Paris: Roman Mass Grows Despite Traditionis custodes Despite Traditionis Custodes. Father Eric Iborra of Saint Roch in Paris, presides the New Rite and celebrates the Roman Mass in his parish. Iborra…More
Paris: Roman Mass Grows Despite Traditionis custodes

Despite Traditionis Custodes.
Father Eric Iborra of Saint Roch in Paris, presides the New Rite and celebrates the Roman Mass in his parish. Iborra told the German newspaper Tagespost that many of his faithful attend both rites and meet and appreciate each other during parish activities. For Iborra, the Roman Mass and the Novus Ordo are a mutual enrichment. Quote, "Priests who celebrate in both forms tend to adopt the sacrality of the old form in the new form." Conversely, he says, a certain sclerosis of the traditionalist milieu is avoided.

Missionary. Iborra points out that for Benedict XVI celebrating the Roman Mass was not a merciful concession to old-rite believers, and that the Roman Mass has a missionary dimension. Quote: "We observe in our parish that the old form attracts many who did not know it before, especially young people."

No Permission. Since Traditionis custodes, the French bishops have been caught between two stools, according to Iborra. They are supposed to be guardians of tradition but are - quote: "strongly urged to abolish the old form." Yet most bishops don’t see a sharp contrast between the faithful of the two forms but they are losing their authority over the liturgy. Newly ordained priests must ask for permission at the Vatican for celebrating the Roman Mass, but this is - quote - "systematically denied." It is precisely those priests who wish to celebrate the Mass in both forms that Iborra sees as - quote - "victims" of Traditionis custodes.

Mixed form. In St Roch parish, the number of faithful is growing steadily despite Traditionis custodes. Two things have changed for Iborra. He can no longer easily ask other diocesan priests to help out, because they need each time a written permission. And he is "technically" not allowed to celebrate the other sacraments. This is especially problematic for Confirmation, he says. Iborra now wants a Novus Ordo confirmation during a Roman Rite Mass. The confirmands agree with this solution.

Radicalisation. Iborra assumes that priests and faithful will defy Rome's instructions. Further, many will change to the Society of St. Pius X. Those who want to live the unity of the two forms will sooner or later have to choose their "camp". It is precisely those who have sought a rapprochement between the two forms who are being punished by Traditionis Custodes. In France, young priests are more aware of tradition than previous generations.