LEFEBVRE and the
Letter of Cardinal Gagnon
to Archbishop Lefebvre
Very Dear Monseigneur,
After a long wait I
was able to ask the Holy Father what had been done with regard to
the Society of Saint Pius X and the wider problem of Tradition.
He has confirmed that
he had attentively read my long report and the propositions that
you had given me.
As usual, he had been
very busy with problems of world-wide dimensions. But
he has already requested some canonists to suggest juridical forms
that could be applied to the Society. He should be
able to present some projects for this and for the doctrinal problems
before the end of April.
He has asked me to give you this assurance and to invite you to
He would also like you to request your collaborators to have a great
discretion in public declarations, indeed those who do not desire
the reconciliation are happy to take advantage of the least thing
to raise up opposition.
No need to tell you
how much I am near you, especially in prayer. May
the Holy Virgin keep you in good health even long after this difficult
period of a search for a solution.
Fraternally yours in
Jesus and Mary,
Edward Cardinal Gagnon
President of the
Pontifical Council for the Family
Patience, yes; interminable delays, no. They wanted to postpone
a solution until Arch¬bishop Lefebvre would be dead.
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