2, Chapter XIX
pro Doctrina Fidei
Piazza del S, Uffizio,11
Prot. N. 1144/69
28 February last you were kind enough to bring personally to the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith your answer to the letter
it had sent you on 28 January and which had been delivered to you
by the Apostolic Nunciature in Switzerland on 10 February following.
thank you sincerely for your answer and for the rapidity with which
you brought it. It goes without saying that your long letter will
be studied attentively by our Congregation. However, I think it
necessary first to ask you for some supplements. I do that the more
easily as you yourself said you were ready to provide them as required.
fact is, a first examination of your answer in comparison with the
questions put to you by our congregation shows that several of the
objections made against you have not been given a precise answer.
I take the liberty, therefore, of stating them again briefly, with
the necessary references to my letter of 28 January in the enclosed
annex, and I ask you, as before to be so kind as to let me have
your answer within the prescribed time of a month.
thank you in advance and assure you of my prayers; and I beg you
to accept the expression of my respect and devotedness in Our Lord.
to the Letter of 16 March 1978
About the Ordo Missae:
may not cast doubt on the conformity with the doctrine of the
faith of a sacramental rite promulgated by the Supreme Pastor
b) the sacrificial
and propitiatory character of the Mass is reaffirmed absolutely,
in conformity with the Council of Trent, in the Institutio
Generalis of the Roman Missal (p. A4);
c) your declarations
about the Ordo Missae and your opposition to its use are
spreading distrust, confusion, and even rebellion, among the faithful
Your general declarations (on the authority of Vatican Council II
and of Pope Paul VI) are linked with an activity which raises the
question: are we facing a schismatical movement? (p. A6). Indeed,
you ordain priests against the formal will of the Pope and without
the litterae dimissoriae required by Canon Law - and you
have continued to do so after being suspended a divinis - you
send those priests to priories where they exercise their ministry
without authorization from the Ordinary of the place; you make speeches
calculated to spread your ideas in dioceses where the bishop has
refused his consent; with the priests you have ordained you are
beginning whether you mean to or not, to constitute a group likely
to become a dissident ecclesial community (pp. A7 and 8).
You consider that the priests ordained by you have the jurisdiction
provided in Canon Law for cases of necessity. Is not that to argue
as though the legitimate Hierarchy had ceased to exist? (p. A8).
The Pope has "the supreme power of jurisdiction" "not
only in things pertaining to faith and morals but also in what belongs
to the discipline and government of the Church throughout
the world" (Conc. Vat. I, Const. Pastor Aeternus, DS
3064) (p. A 9), so the obedience due to him is not limited to doctrinal
By your declarations on submission to the Council and to the post-conciliar
reforms of Paul VI - declarations which are in keeping with a whole
pattern of behavior, and in particular with illicit ordination of
priests - you have fallen into grave disobedience which leads logically
to schism (p. A10).
Franc. Card. Seper
Courtesy of the Angelus
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