Mass or not mass? Once again, the state will decide. In our subconscious, is he not the all-powerful god whose wrath we dread and whose graces we seek? On Monday, the government cautiously gave its consent to a resumption of religious ceremonies with the public from 1er December but on two conditions: the establishment of a new sanitary protocol and a favorable evolution of the epidemiological situation.
Saggressiveness or excess of zeal?
A certain Jacobinism never gives up occupying the space of our privacy, planting there the flag of its sovereignty, that which the State relinquishes in the sovereign fields where it is nevertheless expected: security, justice, economic strategy . Weakened on these grounds, the State is catching up on weaker than itself, the Catholic Church. There would then be a malicious, almost pleasurable pleasure in sorting out our lives between the essential and the accessory. We are not far from the abuse of power and the demonstrations on the forecourt, even confusedly, above all express this unease: the prohibition of masses has something illegitimate and discriminatory, even if it would be absurd to cry persecution.
Freedom of worship is a constitutional right. Putting it in brackets is not trivial and concerns all of society, while health measures are much easier to enforce in a church than in schools, colleges and high schools, not to mention supermarkets, businesses and public transport.
The episcopate says "Measure the impatience of many of the faithful", while stressing that "The Church participates in the national effort to fight the epidemic". In this story, the Catholic institution finds itself both humiliated and trapped:
Humiliated : the summary liberty is not a procedure worthy of normal relations between a mature executive and a historical religion. Could the President of the Republic not receive a high prelate solemnly, which would have given the Bernardins speech a depth, a warmth, a reality? The meeting, Monday by videoconference, also gives a poor image. We had Prime Minister Jean Castex on one side, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and on the other, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist officials. This way of aligning religions on the same bench to better dominate them from the top of its platform belittles the specific character of Catholicism.
Trapped : the Eucharist becomes an object of division between Catholics. The clergy will have to take care to “maintain unity”, as we often hear. Because the recent announcements of the public authorities do not disarm the mobilized faithful. Here is what we can read on a leaflet calling for the protests to be renewed in Compiègne and Senlis (Oise): "The meeting of Monday [last] between the Prime Minister and the representatives of the cults having only led to an uncertain prospect of returning to the masses in December, these Catholics want to recall (...), in particular at the approach of the ceremonies of Christmas, that Mass is essential to them. And they demand that the Prime Minister take this into account, especially since the latter announces that he is considering health measures over the long term. " Two points are important here: uncertainty and long time. Will this policy of hesitation permanently obscure worship? Will the violation of the rule of law become the rule?
These demonstrations give the impression that the episcopate is overwhelmed and passive, which is false. Seen from the outside, public opinion sees sincere but inaudible faithful on TV. Half of the French still say they are Catholic, but most no longer go to church. They find Masses boring. How can we mobilize for “that”? And why do the bishops not accompany their flock?
Meanwhile, the media insist on "Ua small minority, young and conservative, whose fight is rather "political" and whichrche to reaffirm its identity ”. To protest is to politicize the mass. The square, like the pavement, is once again becoming a place of occupation, echoing the demonstrations against marriage for all or against bioethical laws. In the chosen sequence, the journalist from Quotidien is surprised that the police do not verbalize the demonstrators who recite I salute you marie. Since the decree of October 29, claiming is allowed but praying is not. The commissioner closes his eyes, filled with hesitation.
This article is republished from Selection of the day.
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