After 73 years of voting on the right, Bordeaux is an example of the green wave that sweeps France

Pierre Hurmic is 65 years old and throughout his life (and almost another decade) the city of Bordeaux was ruled by the center-right. But this ecologist has just made history, winning the chamber of this French city, in one of the examples of the green wave that swept France in the second round of the municipal elections, which took place this Sunday.

Bordeaux, Lyon, Strasbourg, Nancy … The Europe Ecology – The Greens party (EELV in French) had several reasons to celebrate, in a election night when President Emmanuel Macron and his La République en Marche! (LREM) were the big losers.

Hurmic, who had the support of socialists and communists, defeated the current mayor, Nicolas Florian, of The Republicans, who had won in the first round and still had the support of the LREM. Florian had assumed the presidency in 2019, after the departure of former prime minister and mentor Alain Juppé, who has been in charge of the chamber since 2006.

“I am very sad,” Juppé told reporters outside the chamber building, when the defeat of Florian, who had been the favorite in the polls, was almost certain. “But what do they want? It is democracy. There is a green wave across France,” he added. Since 1947, first with Jacques Chaban-Delmas and then with Juppé, that the right always won on the first lap in Bordeaux.

“It is a historic moment to advance the ecological and social transition in terms of transport, nature, energy …” said Hurmic, who for several years was opposed to the Juppé government (he was a councilor since 1995). “I will be a full-time mayor,” he added in his victory speech, criticizing the former mayor, who held several ministerial portfolios while leading Bordeaux.

In Marseille, the second largest French city, the Greens won the largest number of seats in the municipal assembly, but the mayor’s office is not yet guaranteed because they did not have a majority, needing support from small political formations. The vote will take place later this week.

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After 73 years of voting on the right, Bordeaux is an example of the green wave that sweeps France

Pierre Hurmic is 65 years old and throughout his life (and almost another decade) the city of Bordeaux was ruled by the center-right. But this ecologist has just made history, winning the chamber of this French city, in one of the examples of the green wave that swept France in the second round of the municipal elections, which took place this Sunday.

Bordeaux, Lyon, Strasbourg, Nancy … The Europe Ecology – The Greens party (EELV in French) had several reasons to celebrate, in a election night when President Emmanuel Macron and his La République en Marche! (LREM) were the big losers.

Hurmic, who had the support of socialists and communists, defeated the current mayor, Nicolas Florian, of The Republicans, who had won in the first round and still had the support of the LREM. Florian had assumed the presidency in 2019, after the departure of former prime minister and mentor Alain Juppé, who has been in charge of the chamber since 2006.

“I am very sad,” Juppé told reporters outside the chamber building, when the defeat of Florian, who had been the favorite in the polls, was almost certain. “But what do they want? It is democracy. There is a green wave across France,” he added. Since 1947, first with Jacques Chaban-Delmas and then with Juppé, that the right always won on the first lap in Bordeaux.

“It is a historic moment to advance the ecological and social transition in terms of transport, nature, energy …” said Hurmic, who for several years was opposed to the Juppé government (he was a councilor since 1995). “I will be a full-time mayor,” he added in his victory speech, criticizing the former mayor, who held several ministerial portfolios while leading Bordeaux.

In Marseille, the second largest French city, the Greens won the largest number of seats in the municipal assembly, but the mayor’s office is not yet guaranteed because they did not have a majority, needing support from small political formations. The vote will take place later this week.

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The bishops of France warn of the “dangers” of the Catholic Counter-Reformation

It is a severe warning that the Doctrinal Commission of the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) published Thursday, June 25 about the “Catholic Counter-Reformation” (CRC), in order to warn the Catholic faithful who frequent this movement or some of its members.

The founder of the CRC, Father Georges de Nantes, who died in 2010, had been the subject of numerous canonical sanctions. Despite this, according to the CEF Doctrinal Commission, “ several recent testimonies indicate that some members of the CRC are active in the dioceses of France, in parishes, groups of young professionals, various movements and associations and even sometimes in seminars ».

« The sectarian aberration cell has received some alerts and we note that dialogue remains very difficult between the Permanent Council and the CRC “Explains to the Cross Mgr Laurent Camiade, bishop of Cahors and president of the Doctrinal Commission, before specifying that, during the confinement, the six members of this episcopal commission (1) were able to finalize this document with the help of five theologians.

« Several bishops were waiting for elements to be able to enlighten people close to this movement “Continues Mgr Camiade who does not hide that” discussion is often impossible with them because they think more in truth than the rest of the Church ».

« Without prejudging individual intention ”Of CRC members, this CEF document therefore wants to warn of the errors conveyed by this movement. In particular with regard to ” the eucharistic doctrine of Father Georges de Nantes which contains errors and real dangers for faith and spiritual life ».

A “dangerous” Eucharist theology

The founder of the CRC considered, in fact, that the transformation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ was ” as an extension of the Incarnation ” Behind this theory, warns the Doctrinal Commission, “ the unacceptable Christology of the CRC shows, according to which the soul of Christ preexists in a first incarnation by which Christ takes possession of his body and then, in the Eucharist, takes possession of the bread and wine which become his body and his blood, so, ultimately, that we who eat them, assimilate this body and Christ would continue to incarnate, this time, in us ».

« All this is contrary to the teaching of the Church for which Christ is true God and true man “, Insists the Doctrinal Commission which recalls that” according to traditional faith, it is our soul that lets itself be transformed by this divine nourishment when our body assimilates the Eucharistic species physically. This transformation does not change our nature but makes us participate spiritually To that of Christ.

In addition to this specious theory of the influence of the soul of Christ on bread and wine, Father Georges de Nantes had developed a very “physical” conception, called “ sensual “, Of the Eucharist which led him to” unacceptable moral behavior on the part of a priest In the words of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1998.

According to this sensualist conception (which has been repeatedly criticized) of the participation of the faithful in the Eucharist, “ the manducation of species would be lived in the form of physical contact with the body of Christ, physical contact which would be the condition for an authentic realism of the mystical union with Christ Explains the Doctrinal Commission. ” The mouth of the communicant would embrace the Body of Christ in communion, the feeling of contact with the consecrated host being the very place of the experience of union with Christ. »

Georges de Nantes even wrote that his Eucharistic spirituality is an “erotic mysticism” and that Jesus, in the Eucharist, gives himself to receive a kiss from the communicant. “ He would also have said that the noise of the fraction of the hosts during the Agnus Dei would be that of the ribs of Christ that the priest would break! These unworthy words contradict the Scriptures which take care to indicate that not one of his bones was broken and confirm the derangement of this piety. »

Comments contrary to what the Church teaches

The CEF document therefore warns against the movement’s website (crc-resurrection), on which a text entitled “New theology of the Eucharist” repeats two articles by the Abbé de Nantes in 1977, alluding to the liturgical reform of Vatican Council II. These articles present ” unacceptable confusions and formulas “, And its author claims to propose” a new theological synthesis, superior to what the Magisterium of the Church has taught for eight centuries ».

The Bishops of the Doctrinal Commission also criticize the doctrine of the CRC concerning the Virgin Mary, which they describe as ” sorry ” According to the Abbot of Nantes, Marie would be endowed with an eternal soul having preceded and even participated in the creation of Adam and Eve, by her mystical union with the eternal soul of Christ. ” These theories are absurd and completely contrary to Christian anthropology which sees in the natural conception of a child the beginning of the existence of his person and never a preexistence of a soul without body “, Emphasizes the CEF document. Such theories which ” are close to pagan or far eastern anthropologies ” are ” incompatible with biblical anthropology ».

Finally, the Doctrinal Commission firmly attacks the theology of the marriage of the Abbé de Nantes, who spoke of a ” mystical marriage “And who presented the religious vows as a” certain kind of the sacrament of marriage ” For him, religious vows had to be considered a sacramental – if not a sacrament – to affirm that religious life would be ” a vocation of nuptial love in spiritual ties ».

Blurry mix

« We must warn the faithful against the danger of this vague mixture between religious commitment and a spiritual sponsorship, continues the CEF document. This style of discourse has made the misfortune of many female victims of abuse by false spiritual masters of the XXe and 21e centuries. »

« When one studies his sensualist theory of the Eucharist, one perceives, in the very vagueness of these statements, that they can lead to justify any abuse within a community, continues the Doctrinal Commission. Especially since a community without canonical status is never visited by the authority of the Church, which deprives it of any verification and adjustment in relations. »

The Doctrinal Commission concludes by recalling that the founder of the CRC (community based in the diocese of Troyes but having no status in the Church), who had been ordained a priest in the diocese of Grenoble in 1948, had been suspended from any mission. in the diocese of Troyes in 1963, then suspended tellers (therefore of any priestly mission all over the world) in 1968.

Having himself requested the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and wished to examine his own writings, the Abbé de Nantes had been the subject of notifications in 1969 and 1983. These notifications deplored his ” revolt against the episcopate of his country And against the Pope. He was banned in 1997 by Mgr Daucourt, then bishop of Troyes, conviction confirmed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1998, and by the Court of the Apostolic Signature in 2000.

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Former French Prime Minister Fillon sentenced to five years in prison for fraud NOW

Former French Prime Minister François Fillon (66) was sentenced on Monday to five years’ imprisonment, of which three years were suspended for misusing public money. He had employed his wife Penelope Fillon (64) for years, while she was not doing any work.

Fillon also has to pay a fine of 375,000 euros and is not allowed to participate in any election for the next ten years, according to the French judge.

Penelope Fillon has been sentenced to three years in prison and also has to pay a fine of 375,000 euros. The judge accuses her of cooperating with the improper use of public money.

The couple’s lawyer has announced that his clients are appealing the judge’s decision. The lawyer calls the ruling “unfair” and speaks of a conspiracy against the Fillons.

Fillon was in the running for president

The former prime minister came under fire about 3.5 years ago, after French media revealed that Penelope Fillon raised a million euros in eight years as a personal assistant when her husband was a member of the French House of Representatives, then employed by his successor.

At the time of the revelations, Fillon was in the race to become a Republican presidential candidate for the 2017 elections. The scandal led him to lose voters and then decided to support his fellow party member and the eventual winner of the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron .

Fillon was Prime Minister of France under President Nicolas Sarkozy between May 2007 and May 2013.

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Ideas to make family allowances more “fair”

We thought the debate was appeased. Now the measures taken during François Hollande’s five-year term are again the target of a heavy fire of criticism. Two documents released in quick succession show that the equity objective that was then put forward did not achieve its goal.

The first comes from the National Assembly, where the deputy MoDem Nathalie Élimas, in recommendations for “The adaptation of French family policy to the challenges of the XXIe century », advocates abandoning these measures, as well as a payment from the first child.

The second salvo came on Thursday, June 25, with the publication of a study commissioned by Unaf from the French Observatory of Economic Conditions (OFCE) according to which the purchasing power of couples with children has decreased over the past ten years. .

A boomerang argument

It is however in the name of social justice that the previous majority had adopted these two flagship measures that are the modulation of family allowances according to income, as well as the ceiling of the family quotient. An argument that comes today in boomerang to question the relevance of these reforms.

→ MAINTENANCE. Christelle Dubos: “We do not want to pay family allowances from the first child”

The OFCE study thus puts forward new figures on the purchasing power of families. It shows that, since the economic crisis of 2008, « lcouples without children have been used less than couples with children ”. The gap widens very significantly in the wealthiest households. “Couples without children have lost € 1,000, while couples with three or more children have lost € 10,000”, notes the observatory.

Above all, these money transfers have not necessarily kept their promises in terms of redistribution. In fact, only single-parent families benefited from it. All the others saw their purchasing power decrease over the period. Couples with a child (under 14) have seen their income drop by € 20 each month.

Couples with two children lost € 79 each month. Proof, according to Unaf, that the socio-fiscal measures were not painless for middle-class couples, who nevertheless support the birth rate the most. Nor would they have been very effective in terms of poverty reduction, since, according to the study, among the households with the lowest incomes, the more couples have children, the less they are supported.

“It all depends on the objective we are pursuing”

How, therefore, to introduce real justice in the payment of family allowances? Vast debate, experts reply. “What can be considered fair family allowances depends, in fact, on the objective pursued, begins Henri Sterdiniak. Basically, there are two schools. The first considers that the goal must be to lift children out of poverty. The second believes that family allowances should allow people with children to have the same standard of living as those who do not have children. “

The second prevailed for a very long time. “The ideal, today, would be to hold the two ends of the chain, continues Henri Sterdiniak. At the same time make the family allowances universal, by paying them from the first child and by going back on the measures of the Holland five-year term, and ensuring that no child lives below the poverty line by strongly increasing the RSA for families with children. It is possible but expensive. “

Economist Marc de Basquiat believes that“It would also be necessary to re-examine in depth certain gaps which are widening”. And to cite as an example single parent families which are “Overwhelmingly supported, including when they have good income”.

The study carried out for Unaf shows that they have earned up to € 900 per month in ten years, while all categories of couples with children have lost purchasing power. “This raises questions of equity and discourages re-union. Is this what we want? “, questions the economist.

This defender of universal income therefore proposes to no longer support this or that type of family but to ensure “That each child, whoever he is, receives € 200 per month up to the age of 14 and then € 250 beyond”. Put in these terms, family policy would become, he argues, “Readable by all and fairer”.

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How are family allowances calculated

The amount of full-rate allowances amounts to € 131.95 per month for two children, € 301 for three and € 169.06 more per additional child.

Modulation. These amounts are halved for families with an income greater than € 69,309 net per year and by four for those earning more than € 92,381 annually.

The calculation of the family quotient. In 2013 and 2014, the family quota ceiling was lowered twice, from € 2,336 per half share to € 1,500 per half share. Overall, this led to an increase in family taxation by € 546, then by € 780.

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Ideas to make family allowances more “fair”

We thought the debate was appeased. Now the measures taken during François Hollande’s five-year term are again the target of a heavy fire of criticism. Two documents released in quick succession show that the equity objective that was then put forward did not achieve its goal.

The first comes from the National Assembly, where the deputy MoDem Nathalie Élimas, in recommendations for “The adaptation of French family policy to the challenges of the XXIe century », advocates abandoning these measures, as well as a payment from the first child.

The second salvo came on Thursday, June 25, with the publication of a study commissioned by Unaf from the French Observatory of Economic Conditions (OFCE) according to which the purchasing power of couples with children has decreased over the past ten years. .

A boomerang argument

It is however in the name of social justice that the previous majority had adopted these two flagship measures that are the modulation of family allowances according to income, as well as the ceiling of the family quotient. An argument that comes today in boomerang to question the relevance of these reforms.

→ MAINTENANCE. Christelle Dubos: “We do not want to pay family allowances from the first child”

The OFCE study thus puts forward new figures on the purchasing power of families. It shows that, since the economic crisis of 2008, « lcouples without children have been used less than couples with children ”. The gap widens very significantly in the wealthiest households. “Couples without children have lost € 1,000, while couples with three or more children have lost € 10,000”, notes the observatory.

Above all, these money transfers have not necessarily kept their promises in terms of redistribution. In fact, only single-parent families benefited from it. All the others saw their purchasing power decrease over the period. Couples with a child (under 14) have seen their income drop by € 20 each month.

Couples with two children lost € 79 each month. Proof, according to Unaf, that the socio-fiscal measures were not painless for middle-class couples, who nevertheless support the birth rate the most. Nor would they have been very effective in terms of poverty reduction, since, according to the study, among the households with the lowest incomes, the more couples have children, the less they are supported.

“It all depends on the objective we are pursuing”

How, therefore, to introduce real justice in the payment of family allowances? Vast debate, experts reply. “What can be considered fair family allowances depends, in fact, on the objective pursued, begins Henri Sterdiniak. Basically, there are two schools. The first considers that the goal must be to lift children out of poverty. The second believes that family allowances should allow people with children to have the same standard of living as those who do not have children. “

The second prevailed for a very long time. “The ideal, today, would be to hold the two ends of the chain, continues Henri Sterdiniak. At the same time make the family allowances universal, by paying them from the first child and by going back on the measures of the Holland five-year term, and ensuring that no child lives below the poverty line by strongly increasing the RSA for families with children. It is possible but expensive. “

Economist Marc de Basquiat believes that“It would also be necessary to re-examine in depth certain gaps which are widening”. And to cite as an example single parent families which are “Overwhelmingly supported, including when they have good income”.

The study carried out for Unaf shows that they have earned up to € 900 per month in ten years, while all categories of couples with children have lost purchasing power. “This raises questions of equity and discourages re-union. Is this what we want? “, questions the economist.

This defender of universal income therefore proposes to no longer support this or that type of family but to ensure “That each child, whoever he is, receives € 200 per month up to the age of 14 and then € 250 beyond”. Put in these terms, family policy would become, he argues, “Readable by all and fairer”.

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How are family allowances calculated

The amount of full-rate allowances amounts to € 131.95 per month for two children, € 301 for three and € 169.06 more per additional child.

Modulation. These amounts are halved for families with an income greater than € 69,309 net per year and by four for those earning more than € 92,381 annually.

The calculation of the family quotient. In 2013 and 2014, the family quota ceiling was lowered twice, from € 2,336 per half share to € 1,500 per half share. Overall, this led to an increase in family taxation by € 546, then by € 780.

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The review “Prions en Église” gets a makeover

The monthly Pray in the Church gets a makeover to offer its readers an experience “Integral” of the word of God. “Mass is a privileged moment to pray, but it is not the only one: we want to invest all the opportunities which allow us to connect to the word of God and to accompany the prayer of our readers”, announces Karem Bustica, editor-in-chief of the emblematic review of Bayard (1).

New appointments

“The period we have just lived has confirmed us in this direction”, underlines the journalist. During confinement, when official dress was suspended, Pray in the Church was able to broadcast the Mass of the Assumptionist Brothers of Cachan live on its social networks, gathering 8,000 people on average, up to 25,000 on Maundy Thursday.

→ SURVEY. Confinement: these parishioners who participate in mass in front of their screen

“Something important has happened, she continues, our readers sent their prayer intentions to us online, thanking us for being there. We have created a real community. “

A community that can now find on the site and the mobile application of Pray in the Church the entire liturgy of the hours. Behind this first innovation, the magazine wants to continue to anchor itself in the daily life of its readers, with new meetings, “Especially on digital”, specifies Jean-Marie Montel, deputy general manager of the Bayard group. Thus, the title launches an original sound offer, with podcasts of prayerful meditations accessible free of charge on the application and the website of the journal, from July 6.

“An invisible parish”

The paper version, it innovates with a little more current and by offering a place to the word of its readers. Each month, one of them will share his experience of biblical prayer and testify of his faith. A question appears after the Sunday gospel, to help deepen the meaning of the word in his life.

On the digital side, each week will be published the universal prayer of the Benedictine sisters of Vanves, which will resonate with the state of the world. “Innovation serves our project to become, ever more, an invisible parish for those who read us”, explains Jean-Marie Montel.

In addition to the enrichment of its French offer, Pray in the Church strongly accelerates its international establishment. “We are growing all over the world. The versions of French and English speaking Africa are very well received. We are also present in the Philippines, in India, at the service of the different Catholic communities and their specificities ”, specifies Jean-Marie Montel.

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The Pope accepted the resignation of Mgr Boulanger, bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux

“Now is the time to leave and say a big thank you. I was a Ch’ti “ happy in the midst of the Normans, whether in the Orne or in Calvados. Thank you for the welcome you have given me. “ In a moving letter to his diocesans, Mgr Jean-Claude Boulanger, whose resignation for age was accepted on Saturday June 27 by Pope Francis, wished to recall the highlights of his last ten years at the helm of the diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux.

“When taking stock of these years spent with you, it is the word of Saint John that I will remember: We received grace after grace »(John 1,16). I followed Saint Thérèse from Alençon to Lisieux and she never abandoned me ”, he said, “My greatest joy was to have served her through the beatification and canonization of her parents as well as through the cause of her sister Léonie. She is one of my heavenly friends who have never abandoned me. ”

“Reread your life”

“I would say that old age is an opportunity to re-read your life and learn a few lessons from wisdom. You think you lead your life when you’re in the prime of life, but it is ultimately the events that direct it ”, continued the bishop, who reached in March the limit of 75 years fixed by canon 401 of the code of canon law. His missive does not evade the more difficult times lived at the head of the Norman Church, shaken in particular years before his appointment by a painful affair of pedophilia (1).

“When you look at the book of your life, there are pages you would like not to read again. The tares, that is to say the weed, always grows with the good grain as Jesus says. […] », he continued in his letter, “But as Saint Augustine says:” It is better to stumble on the path than to run off the road “. So let’s stop putting people on a pedestal. We see what it caused in the Church. “

Retirement

Originally from Pas-de-Calais, the doctor of theology, who was ordained a priest for the diocese of Arras in 1972 – before being appointed by John Paul II coadjutor bishop in 2001, then bishop in 2002 of Séez (Orne) -, is about to return to its native North soon. “For my retirement, I will be living in a village near Boulogne-sur-Mer, near a Foyer de Charité. I will live among the people of the countryside, rendering services to rural parishes and the Foyer de Charité ”, he said in his letter.

“You can guess that I will not give up gardening and I intend to eat my organic products! But the age being there, it is above all a question of aging like good wine, that is to say of being old without becoming old ”, further stated with humor Bishop Boulanger, before assuring his diocesans that he would continue to wear them in his prayer.

As stipulated in Canon Law, it is now up to the College of Consultors to elect, within eight days, a diocesan administrator, until the appointment by François of his successor. Bishop Boulanger will celebrate a farewell mass Sunday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m., outdoors, at the Basilica of Lisieux.

(1) His predecessor, Mgr Pierre Pican, bishop of Bayeux-Lisieux from 1988 to 2010, is known to have been the first bishop of France sentenced, in 2001, to three months in prison suspended for not having denounced the actions pedophiles of a priest of his diocese, René Bissey.

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The goodbye moved from Lyonnais to Philippe Barbarin

They came early, hoping to sneak into the Primatiale Saint-Jean. Wasted effort. Without an invitation, the heavy doors remained closed. Then André and Annie began to chat, in the cathedral square. The delivery driver greets Bishop Philippe Barbarin, “A man accessible to all”. The retiree adds: “I like the way he speaks simply, with his great gestures. “ Others will join them soon. Like Mostapha, a former employee of Habitat et Humanisme, who appreciates “A man who is not proud”.

→ READ. The future of Cardinal Barbarin takes shape in Rennes and with the Pope

The Lyonnais said an emotional goodbye on Sunday June 28 to “their” bishop. “It is first of all a father, a brother, a friend, who accompanies us in our lives”, specifies Azeez, who fled Nineveh in 2014. Archbishop Barbarin and this 24-year-old Iraqi refugee have often prayed the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. “He masters it well. Except by singing “, Azeez smiles in perfect French. “He is a man who listens to people”, also reports Hugues des Boscs, director of a Catholic teaching establishment, “It provokes the meeting. How many times have I driven it somewhere? He preferred to take advantage of his trips to create an informal bond, rather than driving a company car. “

“Long ordeal”

Both were able to enter the primatiale, where only four hundred people took their places, due to the health rules in force. Representatives from one hundred and ten parishes and movements. Personal friends of the cardinal. Some priests also. Most were invited to another mass, which will be celebrated during the week in Fourvière, in the presence of the employees of the diocese.

→ READ. Cardinal Barbarin is exonerated on appeal

Sunday, on site and live on the Internet, the whole Church said goodbye and thank you. As Archbishop Barbarin came to thank the diocese of Lyon for the signs of attention received in recent years. “In this long ordeal, it was like a comfort”, he insisted, in his homily, “A great drama had happened in the diocese of Lyon. I had to bear this suffering, unquestionably, and make it right. But at the same time, I knew I was not alone. ”

People did not come there for that, however. “We cannot sum up its action in the legal setbacks of the last four years”, says a faithful, Michel Catheland, greeting “Missionary momentum” driven by the cardinal. “He leaves a diocese in working order, materially as well as spiritually”, repeat each other. Especially because of the many initiatives he has supported.

” Trust “

“He was able to meet the aspirations of young people and trust them, taking risks”, believes Camille Rhonat, involved in the Catholic cultural café The Simone, project supported by the diocese, and artistic director of a contemporary music festival organized in the Maison de Lorette. The latter was also able to experience this confidence during the preparation of the philosophy courses he gave at the seminar.

→ READ. The Church of France without Cardinal Barbarin

“The word” confidence “often comes up in messages sent to it online (1)”, noted Marc Faivre d’Arcier, director of the Valpré center. ” He is not scared. Few bishops would have remained as he did every Friday for an hour on the cathedral forecourt, allowing himself to be challenged by everyone. ”

“Make the priest”

Archbishop Barbarin said goodbye to this cathedral finally rid of its scaffolding, after endless work, dwelling on details that touch him. Starting with the ambo carved in the shape of an open book, adorned with alabaster, a stone diffusing light. “Let us pray that the word of the Lord may continue”, enjoined Mgr Barbarin, quoting Saint Paul, “The phrase in the Bible that has touched me the most in the last three or four years”, he said.

→ MAINTENANCE. Despite his disappointment, François Devaux “respects” the release of Cardinal Barbarin

This is what many Lyonnais remember. “With him, we walk in the Bible”, always appreciated Françoise, teacher, present during the first mass of Archbishop Barbarin in the primatiale, in 2002, as at the last. “The Word of God is everything to him. He likes “to be a priest”. He is not a “Roman”, as some people imagine “, supports Étienne Piquet-Gauthier, director of the Saint-Irénée Foundation.

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The highlights of eighteen years of episcopacy

2002. Appointment as Archbishop of Lyon, primate of Gaul.

2007. First trip of an Islamo-Christian delegation to Tibhirine (Algeria).

2010. Creation of the Saint-Irénée Foundation. Inauguration of the new provincial seminary.

2011. The pop-praise group Glorious settles in Sainte-Blandine. The Maison des Familles was inaugurated opposite a year later.

2014. Archbishop Barbarin goes to Iraq. Twinning with the Diocese of Mosul.

2016. Transfer of the Archbishopric of Lyon to the Maison Saint-Irénée. The premises welcome the first Lazare roommate.

2018. A “New Momentum for Fourvière” is launched.

2020. In January, acquitted on appeal of non-denunciation of sexual assaults on minors. In March, Pope Francis accepts his departure.

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The future of Cardinal Barbarin takes shape in Rennes and with the Pope

A cardinal about to become soon « simple » chaplain. In celebrating Sunday, June 28, his moving farewell mass in the diocese of Lyon, of which he had taken the lead eighteen years ago, Mgr Philippe Barbarin did not allude, before the crowd of faithful gathered in the primatial Saint- Jean-Baptiste, on the new page he is about to open in his ministry.

→ REPORTAGE. The goodbye moved from Lyonnais to Philippe Barbarin

But two days earlier, in an exclusive interview with RCF’s regional branch – which also covered the four judicial years related to the Preynat case – the archbishop had mentioned his imminent departure for Brittany and had said he was available for the missions entrusted to him by Pope Francis. Visibly appeased, talkative after three months of retreat and silence, he had then announced that he would leave in July to settle on the site of the mother house of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Saint-Pern, Ille- et-Vilaine.

“Pastoral dimension”

There, with the nuns in the service of the elderly according to the spirituality of Saint Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879), the founder of their community, he will reside in a house at the bottom of the park, welcoming the seminarians of Brittany in propaedeutics. The Archbishop of Rennes, Bishop Pierre d’Ornellas, asked him to give classes at the seminary of Rennes: “I hope I can do it”, confided on the air, with a burst of laughter, Philippe Barbarin, saying “Always happy to do something new”.

This radical change does not seem to cause him any particular apprehensions or concerns. “My real vocation is to be a priest, he assured again. The most beautiful of the priestly dimension is the pastoral dimension, even if I will not have the responsibility of the pastor in a parish which is the most joyful, the most profound thing in the life of a priest or d ‘a bishop. In Saint-Pern, he will meet Bishop Émile Marcus, 90, Archbishop Emeritus of Toulouse from 1996 to 2006. Chaplain of the mother house of the Little Sisters of the Poor since his retirement in 2007, the latter was superior of the seminary of the Carmelites when the Cardinal Barbarin was training there.

Middle East

The agenda of the emeritus Gaul primate is yet to be fulfilled soon. He will in particular support Bishop d’Ornellas to preside over the confirmations. “I welcome him like a brother. He is a man of God, who is unanimously recognized as a teacher of the Word of God ”, reacted the Archbishop of Rennes in the local press. The ex-archbishop of Lyon is also already asked to preach retreats. He has thus already been invited by Mgr Michel-Marie Calvet, bishop of Nouméa, in New Caledonia, to celebrate the Christmas holidays, where he will then give a retreat to the priests of the diocese.

But it is the Pope who will have priority, since he personally asked the Cardinal to “Stay available”, especially for missions in the Middle East. François indeed knows the investment of Archbishop Barbarin with Christians in the region, even though he returned from three months in Israel and Palestine. The twinning between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the capital of Gaul owes much to the friendship born between the ex-archbishop and Cardinal Louis Raphaël Iis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church. Other projects, like a pilgrimage in November to the Holy Land, are also taking shape.

→ READ. Cardinal Barbarin puts himself at the service of the diocese of Rennes and the Pope

On the airwaves of RCF, the atypical and bubbling cardinal had still insisted on leaving aside the institution and the public scene to urge interiority: “The only thing that interests me is that people read the Word of God: turn off the television and turn on the gospel. If it is a word from God, it must be our compass. The word of God must continue to run! “

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