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Father Éric, Exorcist Priest
Father Éric
Sub-Deacon of the Catholic Church Gallicane

History of the Church of France Gallicane

The Catholic Church Gallicane: this is the Church of France.

It is the Catholic Church in our country (Gallia = Gaul = France,)
who teaches from the most ancient times the same faith in our
Lord Jesus Christ, with nothing added or removed as seen do today.

This is The Church of Bossuet, Fenelon, or modernist or
fundamentalist, it is the ancient Church of the Kings of France
called Church of Gaul, that is to say, the authentic Traditional
Church of our grandparents and grandparents.

After the French Revolution of 1789, and its accompanying terror
which decimated much of the Clergy, facing a Church
bankruptcy subject to the civil power and the bringing to the
Vatican, it was the Emperor Napoleon I, who made Gallicane
restore the Catholic Church in its rights and prerogatives, when he invited His Holiness Pope Pius VII to sign the Concordat between France and the Vatican July 15, 1801 (concordat which remained in force until 1905).

Settlement reports of France with the Holy See and the French State with the Church, in force until the Act of 9 December 1905; which repealed by the Regulation establishing the separation of church and state, and the establishment of a civil law on the establishment of so-called religious associations, to distinguish so-called cultural associations born of the law 1 July 1901.

But it was Mgr François Chatel (1795 - 1857) who took up the torch of Gallican liberties and led the French Catholic Church (it was at the time the name of the Gallican Church).

Then from 1904 to 1911 (ie during the separation of church and state) it was Bishop Jules HOUSSAY who became Primate (better known under the pen name and religious theologian through his literary name of JULIO abbot, whose books are a reference on religious tradition).

At his death, it is Bishop Louis Francois Giraud who was Primate of the French Catholic Church regained its former name is: Gallican Catholic Church, of which he became Primate.
Since then, here is the list of Primates of the Catholic Church Gallicane.

  • Bishop Isidore JALBERT-VILLE from 1950 to 1957
  • Bishop Joseph PONCELIN D’ESCHEVANNES from 1957 to 1970
  • Bishop Guy Patrick TRUCHEMOTTE from 1970 to 1987
  • Bishop Dominique PHILIPPE since 1987
    Gallican Catholic Archbishop of Paris, in its Primacy, it brings suffragan bishops with their clergy and bishops rallied to the Catholic tradition, including (Alphabetically):
    • Archishop André BAUWELEERS – Bishop for Belgium
    • Bishop Damien DIEFENTHAL – Bishop of Alsace-Lorraine
    • Bishop Franck-William SCHAFFNER – Bishop of Provence – Mediterranean
      (Founder and Primate of the ORSA since 1979 and of the EEU since 1998)

As well as many priests in France and Europe to Africa including three Catholic parishes Gallican Cameroon.

Saint Padre Pio

Roots: Catholic, Apostolic and Gallican


In that it professes the same faith as the Catholic Apostolic Roman Church; 2 churches (Roman Catholic and Catholic Gallican) having the same origin and most of his priests and his followers are from. Priests Gallicans today are usually former Roman Catholic Priests, which after the Second Vatican Council would maintain the tradition of the Church and the maintenance of the Sacred. So there is no ambiguity, we are Catholics, but we do not depend on the Roman hierarchy, because we are affiliated with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church or Traditional Gallicane, while respecting the primacy of honor his Holiness the Pope.


It is chaired by a Primate (including the table of succession back to the Apostles) that he is necessarily the enthronement of Archbishop to be head of the Church and receive the allegiance of his suffragan bishops, who see it as their Primate, to as such he wears the Pallium religious leaders jurisdiction.

Like the Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church, the Catholic Church is headed by a Gallicane Primate, who out of respect and deference to His Holiness Pope refused the title and function of Patriarch, merely be the Archbishop Primate of the Catholic Church Gallican, as is done in the religious tradition.

So the Primate, with the collegiality of bishops suffragan, who leads the Church through the ministry of priests in parish or mission. Unquestionable legitimacy back by an uninterrupted succession (VALID and LAWFUL-canonical) to the Apostles and Christ himself. Our tables Apostolic succession established transmission of the priesthood since Apostolic times (historical Era of the Apostles who established the Church of Christ) until today.


In France, it is historically known that the Gallican Catholic Church was created by King Saint Louis (Louis IX) on the principles laid down by the pragmatic sanctions, and approved by King Charles VII in 1438, and finally declared permanently Church of France and former Church of Gaul in 1682 by the famous Bishop Bossuet during the reign of the Sun King Louis XIV after the French Revolution, its particularism is perpetuated under the label Gallican.

Liturgy - Profession of Faith and Sacraments

Vatican I in 1870 has certainly recognized the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, but also imposed that of Papal infallibility; that the Catholic Church Gallicane of France (Traditional church of the kings of France respecting the Gallican tradition) was very badly since asked to retain its Catholic tradition, but to be relieved of any affiliation to the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church. Which was endorsed at the Second Vatican Council (1962 - 1966) which deal with the abandonment by the Roman Catholic Church and the Latin of the Mass of St. Pius V, numerous priests and bishops Roman Catholics to remain faithful the traditional Catholic faith have asked their attachment to the religious jurisdiction of the Catholic Church Gallicane.

The Catholic Church has Gallicane profession of faith the Apostles' Creed, as defined by the 1st and 2nd Ecumenical Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople (in 325 and 381), and supplemented by the professions of faith of the Fathers of The church. It therefore recognizes as its own all the dogmas that have been defined by the Church from Apostolic times until Vatican I in 1870.
Nothing therefore not distinguished in this field, the Gallican Catholic Church of The Roman Catholic Church, except the discipline of the clergy according to the Gallican synod. So our Gallican Catholic Church holds Mass in Latin and French, according to the rite of St. Pius V; and pray every day by praying for the Holy Father, His Holiness Pope John Paul II (whom we love, respect and revere especially) and the Popes who will succeed Don's name is listed first in the Mass intentions .
It would seem out of respect for the traditional liturgy of the Church of the West wanted by Rome since 1530, we are more Catholics that some who call themselves Catholics, which he seems to have in terms of liturgy and sacred abandoned the Catholic tradition, while maintaining dogmas sometimes a little obscure. In addition, the validity and legitimacy of his apostolic consecration and therefore no one can, in good faith to doubt the validity of the sacraments it confers.

Magisterium of the Church, privacy and moral ethics

The Catholic Church accepts Gallicane for the priesthood, to incardinate former Roman Catholic priests (single but can marry if they wish by becoming Gallicans) or non-Romans (married or unmarried) or from sister churches, and form to the priesthood of married or cohabiting men or wanting to remain single. It should be remembered that until 1097 (just after the Great Schism of 1053 that separated the Eastern Church - the Byzantines - the Church of the West: the Romans who formed the Church to date one Universal 1st millennium BC), the Roman Catholic clergy was married (as Orthodox clergy) and it was not until the Lateran Council in 1251, to impose celibacy in the Catholic Europe.
In fact the private life of the faithful like the ecclésiqtiques does not concern us (to express condition not to touch children are sacred creatures of God), and we prefer to radiate the Christian values ​​of the most harmonious civilization in tolerance, brotherhood and respect for others, while preserving the sanctity and tradition.


Catholic Gallican yes, but not by Roman Catholic respect for the sanctity and tradition without fanaticism or bigotry because we recognize all the churches of Christ and practice of ecumenism in the words of St. Augustine: Unity in Diversity.