Page 1, 15th April 1977

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Page 1, 15th April 1977 — Tridentine occupation continues

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People: M. Jean Guitton
Locations: Paris


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Tridentine occupation continues

The six week occupation by traditionalists of the church of St. Nicholas du Chardonnet in the Latin Quarter of Paris seems likely to continue after police failed to enforce a court order which gave the traditionalists ten days to leave voluntarily or face forceable eviction. It never seemed a possibility that the police would be called in. The president of the court after making his ruling said that the use of force "would create an 'unpleasant situation for all concerned" and proceeded to appoint an intermediary, the Catholic philosopher M. Jean Guitton.

A proposal for a compromise solution by M. Guitton has now been rejected by the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Marty who claims that to allow the traditionalists their own church would amount to official acceptance of a schism. St Nicholas du Chardonnet, now guarded by members of the congregation, continues to attract inquiries about services and pledges of support for the traditionalist cause.

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