French Bishop Consecrates Priest With Pagan Rites

(Paris) Bishop François Fonlupt has been the diocesan bishop of the French diocese of Rodez since 2011. The occasion for the indignation is a priestly consecration, which Bishop Fonlupt offered at the Cathedral of Rodez last June 25th.

Bishop gives priest consecration with the "third eye"

Ritual dancers in the altar room

The "inculturation" was pushed to the summit in the consecration. Only the miter of the bishop can be seen as a Christian symbol. For the rest it is unclear whether it is Indian folklore or forms of syncretism. "I do not know where these ritual forms come from, whether they belong to the Brahman caste, which is hardly conceivable for Tamils, whether they are used for the worship of Vishnu or Kali. It seems to me, however, that they have nothing to do with the confection of the sacrament of Holy Orders in a French church." This was especially true of the "third eye," the "Bindi," a religious symbol of Tantric Hinduism, which the bishop wore on his forehead during the liturgy. Hinduism maintains the place as a chakra, an "energy center" and the seat of a "secret knowledge". In the West, the "third eye" is mainly concerned with esotericism. But Christianity is not a secret doctrine.

The same applies to the execution of the offertory and ritual Hindu dances, which were performed in the sanctuary. "The Holy Liturgy of the Church has lost nothing to Hinduism."

Communion for remarried divorced

Bishop Fonlupt is already engaging the "new practice" of offering the Holy Communion to married divorced people.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Riposte catholique/Youtube (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred