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The reason for the sudden brutal – and indefinite – suspension of the ordination of four priests and six deacons in the Diocese of Toulon-Fréjus has not been given by Rome.

Jeanne Smits has worked as a journalist in France since 1987 after obtaining a Master of Arts in Law. She formerly directed the French daily Présent and was editor-in-chief of an all-internet French-speaking news site called …


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(LifeSiteNews) – In two separate events regarding bishops in France – one open to tradition, the other decidedly against it – the increase of a spirit of persecution of clerics attached to the ancient rite of the Mass or even traditional clerical dress has been harshly underscored. 

The most serious decision involves the Diocese of Toulon-Fréjus in the south of France, where Bishop Dominique Rey received notice from Rome on Thursday that he must suspend the ordination of priests and deacons that should have taken place on June 26, pending discussions with various Roman Congregations. …