Archbishop LEFEBVRE and the VATICAN

May 5, 1988

Press Release

The following press release was given to Archbishop Lefebvre on May 5 at the same time as the Protocol, and was due to be published on May 8. Cardinal Ratzinger cancelled its publication. The date written on it at the bottom was May 7, 1988.

Following the Apostolic Visit of His Eminence Edward Cardinal Gagnon to the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X, in conformity with the will of the Holy Father expressed in the letter to Cardinal Ratzinger dated April 8, 1988, meetings with the interested parties took place recently in Rome. The dialogue was concluded with the participation of His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and of His Excellency Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Founder of the Society. An agreement on the essential points was reached which allows us to foresee in the near future a formal act of reconciliation with the relative canonical consequences.

In the meantime, the Holy See shall make opportune contacts with the competent and especially interested ecclesiastical authorities.

May 7, 1988

Courtesy of the Angelus Press, Regina Coeli House
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