Just beginning to circulate
in the U.S.A. is a book entitled "Padre Pio Gleanings"
probably by a certain Pascal Catanco, recently translated into English.
On pages 58 and 59 apparently one reads the following passage:
"Among the many, many
people who came to see Padre Pio was Archbishop Lefebvre who, later
clinging stubbornly to Catholic Tradition, as he called it, questioned
the authority of Vatican II and was removed from office by Pope
"The archbishop had
a meeting with Padre Pio in the presence of Professor Bruno Rabajotti.
This witness reported that at a particular moment Padre Pio looked
at Lefebvre very sternly and said: 'Never cause discord among
your brothers and always practise the rule of obedience; above
all when it seems to you that the errors of those in authority
are all the more serious. There is no other road than that of
obedience, especially FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE MADE THIS VOW.'
"Padre Pio could give
this advice because he had had to obey some rather questionable
orders himself. His attitude was to put this in God's hands because
He would find a way for truth to triumph. It seems Archbishop
Lefebvre did not see things in quite the same way even if he did
respond to Padre Pio with: 'I will remember that, Father.' Padre
Pio looked at him intensely and, seeing what would soon happen,
said: 'No! You will forget it! You will tear apart the community
of faithful, oppose the will of your superiors and even go against
the orders of the pope himself and this will happen quite soon.
You will forget the promise you made here today, and the whole
Church will be hurt by you. Don't set yourself up as a judge.
Don't take powers that do not belong to you and do not consider
yourself as the voice of God's People, as God already speaks to
them. Do not sow discord and dissension. However, I know this
is what you will do!'
truth of Padre Pio's prophecy is obvious to everyone."
On August 8, 1990, Archbishop
Lefebvre wrote a personal letter' to a Society priest in France
who had written to ask him about the meeting with Padre Pio. Here
are extracts from the letter:
several years now this slander, a fabrication from start to finish,
has been circulating in Italy. 1 have already refuted it, but
lies die hard there is not one word of truth in the page of that
magazine you photocopied for me.
meeting which took place after Easter in 1967 lasted two minutes.
I was accompanied by Fr. Barbara and a Holy Ghost Brother, Brother
Felin. I met Padre Pio in a corridor, on his way to the confessional,
being helped by two Capuchins.
told him in a few words the purpose of m visit: for him to bless
the Congregation of the Holy Ghost which was due to hold an extraordinary
General my Chapter meeting, like all religious societies, under
the heading of aggiornamento (up-dating), meeting which I was
afraid would lead to trouble.. Then Padre Pio cried out. 'Me,
bless an archbishop, no, no, it is you who should be blessing
me!' And he bowed, to receive the blessing. I blessed him, he
kissed my ring and continued on his way to the confessional"...
was the whole of the meeting, no more, no less. To invent such
an account as you sent me the copy of calls for a satanic imagination
and mendacity. The author is a son of the Father of Lies
you for giving me the chance to tell once more the plain truth."
cordially yours in Christo et Maria,