Sunday, April 02, 2006


Latin Mass

Dennis Mangan points to an article about a Belgian priest being prosecuted for incitement to racist hatred because he stated in a television interview:
Every thoroughly islamized Muslim child that is born in Europe is a time bomb for Western children in the future. The latter will be persecuted when they have become a minority.
But I was interested in the opening paragraph of the article:
One of the rare Belgian churches that is packed every weekend is the church of Saint Anthony of Padova in Montignies-sur-Sambre, one of the poorest suburbs of Charleroi, a derelict rust belt area to the south of Brussels. Holy Mass in Montignies is conducted in Latin and lasts up to four hours.
Perhaps one reason why this Mass is packed is because it's in Latin. Is it just old fogies who are attending this Latin Mass? No:
The congregation includes African immigrants, a large number of young people and many young families with small children.
The photograph of the bewhiskered priest, Père Samuel, accompanying the article is delightful. It should be noted, however, that Père Samuel has apparently been suspended a divinis.

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