Tomorrow, I will be celebrating a Requiem Mass in the Use of Sarum for Dom Klaus Schlapps who died last Sunday, probably around 11am GMT tomorrow. Those who wish may unite themselves spiritually with this Mass from wherever they are, however far away.
As I mentioned in the Facebook page, I never met Dom Klaus. I have been told that he enjoyed reading my blog. I have always heard about the way he wanted to raise standards of quality of the clergy and a sense of professionalism. He took a dim view of the more “sleazy” and “amateurish” side of independent clergy.
I have read short accounts about the history of the Order of Port Royal. The original Abbey of Port Royal des Champs was a Cistercian community in France which was suppressed by order of Louis XIV in the context of the Jansenist controversy. The Jansenists were forced to flee from France and were welcome in the Netherlands. Thus a very solid link was forged between the Archdiocese of Utrecht and the “Jansenist” Cistercians. There was the inspiration.
Dom Klaus did an admirable job of reviving the Cistercian ideal in an Old Catholic context, and their web site can be seen by all. It is my hope and prayer that Dom Klaus’s spiritual legacy will live on and that the community may overcome this tragic bereavement and loss of such a fine Abbot.