LEFEBVRE and the
Letter of Archbishop Lefebvre
to Cardinal Ratzinger
letter of July 28 be the dawn of a solution? A few clues allow us
to hope for it:
- The absence
of a declaration makes us think that, at last, we are recognized
as perfectly Catholic.12
- The extensive
contacts with a Cardinal who would visit us answers our wishes
- The continuity
of the liturgy according to the liturgical books as they were
in the Church in 1962, deeply satisfies us.
- The right
to continue the formation of our seminarians as we are currently
doing, according to the norms of the Sacred Congregation for the
Seminaries, is also for us the assurance of perpetuity for our
to go further towards a solution it seems indispensable to meet
with the Visitor, either by his coming to Ecône or Rickenbach,
in Switzerland, or by our meeting him at Albano, in order to be
able to study possible concrete means of this definitive solution.
It is out
of the question to relinquish authority over our seminarians. It
would be opposed to the very right that you intend to give us.
I will be
in Albano between October 16 and 20. I dare hope that the wish expressed
above shall be able to be realized at that date in order to open
Fr. du Chalard
shall carry this letter to you. He will be able to bring back your
you in advance, I beg Your Eminence to accept my respectful and
fraternal sentiments in Christo et Maria.
P.S. We strongly wish that the Cardinal Visitor be Cardinal Gagnon.
Note that Cardinal Ratzinger went back on this point and required
a doctrinal declaration in the Protocol of Accord of May 5, 1988.
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