The Politics of the Deal: Why Was the Medieval Abbey of Pontigny Sold to a Non-Catholic Businessman Rather than to the FSSP?| National Catholic Register

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The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) is once again in the middle of a public argument in France: As the upcoming expulsion of one of its communities from the diocese of Dijon is still arousing tensions within the Catholic Church in France and beyond, another controversy involving an important Catholic monument — the Abbey of Pontigny in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France — has taken a more political dimension.   The domain of this magnificent 12th-century abbey (the world’s greatest Cistercian building still intact today) was offered for sale by the leadership of the regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in 2019, and recently sold to French businessman François Schneider and his foundation for the sum of 1.8 million euros (around $2.1 million dollars). Schneider’s foundation plans on turning the domain into a luxury resort intended to become a hub for ecology, and that would include a contemporary art gallery dedicated to the environmental element. The draft project seen by the Register claims that the ultimate ambition of the foundation is to “make Pontigny for the earth what Davos is for the economy.”

The Politics of the Deal: Why Was the Medieval Abbey of Pontigny Sold to a Non-Catholic Businessman Rather than to the FSSP?| National Catholic Register

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