Le Monde Article Returns to the Church of Saint Saturnin

The High Altar in Saint-Saturnin
Photo : C. B.

3/6/13 - Saint Saturnin - church of Saint Saturnin - A long article in Le Monde returned last weekend to the affair we had discussed on 30 July 2012 : the wish of the pastor of Saint Saturnin, in the Auvergne region, along with some of the parishoners (including Mrs. Hortefeux, the mother of the former French minister) to move the high altar in the church. To put it differently, the effects of Vatican II, which set off a revolting wave of vandalism in many religious buildings in France during the 60’s and 70’s, are still being felt.

Basically, there is nothing new to report except that the journalist might have taken the time to point out our article which helped in suspending, last September, "any project for rearranging the interior of the church". However, we discovered an enormous confession : the communion table (that is, the grille surrounding the choir) which we explain here that the pastor at the time had sawed off, was in fact eliminated in 1997 by about ten people, among which Mrs. Hortefeux. She admits today that "it was not exactly legal". This is an understatement to say the least : it was absolutely illegal, though after all this time legal jurisdiction has now lapsed and the act cannot be judged. The fact that this violation was not pursued by the law (thus once again confirming the impunity enjoyed by many vandals) is one thing. The idea that this can be allowed to continue is another. Not only should the altar not be removed, but the communion table, still preserved, should be reinstalled !

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 5 juin 2013

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