This is a video of French television on an anti Le Pen demonstration in Toulouse, France, 25 03 2007 .
From British weekly The Observer:
Pope’s move on Latin mass ‘a blow to Jews’
Jason Burke in Paris
Sunday July 8, 2007
Jewish leaders and community groups criticised Pope Benedict XVI strongly yesterday after the head of the Roman Catholic Church formally removed restrictions on celebrating an old form of the Latin mass which includes prayers calling for the Jews to ‘be delivered from their darkness’ and converted to Catholicism.
In a highly controversial concession to traditionalist Catholics, Pope Benedict said that he had decided to allow parish priests to celebrate the Latin Tridentine mass if a ‘stable group of faithful’ request it – though he stressed that he was in no way undoing the reforms of the Sixties Second Vatican Council which allowed the mass to be said in vernacular languages for the first time.
Those ‘traditionalist Catholics’ are often anti-Semitic and extreme Right. Like Mel Gibson and his father in Australia.
In France, the followers of the late Archbishop Lefebvre have connections to the National Front of Le Pen. Is Pope Benedict doing a move like French President Sarkozy?
Not only British, but also French Roman Catholic clergy are unhappy with the pope’s decision in this.
The sixteenth century Tridentine mass speaks about ‘faithless Jews’. One should never talk like that; certainly not in a text, elevated by church authority to being a ‘sacred’ text.