2, Chapter XXII
of Cardinal Seper to Mgr. Lefebvre
Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11
the Apostolic Nuncio in Switzerland to inform you that your letter
of 13 April 1978 had been received and I have no doubt he did that
at a convenient time.
I wish today
to assure you personally that the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith is studying attentively the two answers you were good
enough to make to its request and that it is grateful to you for
sending them within the prescribed time. I can now inform you that
it will very probably ask you to agree to take part in a conference,
as provided for in article 13 of its Ratio agendi in doctrinarurn
examine of 15 January 1971. At the appropriate time I shall
give you a choice of possible dates.
In the meantime,
let me insist on a serious point: according to accounts spread by
the press (we have not been able to find out on what authority)
you intend to proceed to new ordinations at the end of this month.
I hope that information is unfounded. I need not remind you in this
matter of the prescriptions of Canon Law, of the censures you have
incurred, and of the will, many times expressed, of the Holy Father.
On the other
hand it is my duty to insist on the fact that the current procedure
before our Congregation, a procedure that you accepted voluntarily,
requires that everything likely to compromise its normal development
should be suspended.
I invite you
to consider this important point before God, and I wish to assure
you of the help of my fraternal prayers.
and devotedly in Our Lord,
Courtesy of the Angelus
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