Taizé disputes claim founder ‘converted' to Catholicism
Describes "originality of Brother Roger's search"
Oct 03, 2006
The Taizé community in eastern France has denied claims reported in the French newspaper Le Monde that its Swiss-born Protestant founder, Brother Roger Schutz, who died last year, had made a secret conversion to Roman Catholicism.
“This article gave credence to and reproduced the claims of a small newsletter issued by Catholic traditionalist circles that misrepresents Brother Roger’s true intentions and defames his memory,” Brother Thomas of the Taizé community told Ecumenical News International by e-mail.
Le Monde reported that a Catholic historian, Yves Chiron, had received confirmation from the Vatican that Schutz had become a Catholic. This had been corroborated by the former bishop of the Catholic diocese of Autun in France’s Burgundy region, where Taizé is located, who said that Schutz had been received into the Catholic Church in 1972, the newspaper reported.