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 ».
« 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.