Ordinations of priests, deacons in French diocese postponed at Vatican request

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At the Vatican’s request, the ordinations to the priesthood and diaconate scheduled in the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon for June have been postponed, amid Vatican queries about Bishop Dominique Rey’s seminary, as well as his acceptance of candidates from other dioceses.

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Bishop Rey, who has led the diocese since 2000, is known for his friendliness to the Latin liturgical tradition as well as for ordaining many priests: the number of diocesan priests has increased from 174 (2003) to 202 (2019) under his leadership. The number of diocesan priests in the nearby Archdiocese of Marseille fell from 171 to 133 over the same time period.

The announcement of the postponements, made by Bishop Rey, follows a “fraternal visit” by Cardinal-designate Jean-Marc Aveline of Marseille.

Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon (France) informed all priests of the diocese via email that Rome has “requested that the diaconal and priestly ordinations planned for the end of June be postponed.” See original French email and English translation below.

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