Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Excellent Discussion on French TV about Benedict XVI and Tradition

The French Catholic TV station KTO had an excellent discussion about "Benedict XVI and Tradition". They had an extraordinary panel consisting of Monsignor Bernard Podvin, the spokesman of the French Bishops' Conference, Fr Vincent Ribeton, the FSSP district superior of France, Dom Philippe Piron OSB, abbot of Sainte-Anne de Kergonan, a daughter monastery of Solesmes, Fr Jean-Robert Armogathe, president of the French edition of the very prestigious theological review "Communio" (founded by Joseph Ratzinger, Henri de Lubac, and Hans Urs von Balthasar), Christophe Geffroy, editor of "La Nef", a review attached to the extraordinary form and a reform of the reform, and Jean-Pierre Denis, editor of "La Vie". They also have interviews with Fr Emmanuel Boudet, Professor of Canon Law at the Faculty of Notre-Dame, and with Fr Alain Lorans of the SSPX, and two short features about the implementation of Summorum Pontificum in a Parisian parish and about the seminarians of the Institute of the Good Shepherd in Rome (which we had already seen as a snippet a few days ago). They began with the recent remission of the excommunications of the four bishops ordained by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988, and then went on to put it within the larger context of the Benedictine restoration and the meaning and importance of Tradition, including the liturgy. They also touch upon the development of the papal liturgies of which they include some comparative images, two of which I have captured for you:

The whole programme - which runs 90 minutes - is really very much worth watching, if you speak French. You can watch it online here: http://www.ktotv.com/cms/videos/fiche_video.html?idV=00043235&vl=video_a_la_une.

Thanks to the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer for the tip.

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