LEFEBVRE and the
May 24, 1988
of Archbishop Lefebvre
to Cardinal Ratzinger
May 24, Archbishop Lefebvre met with Cardinal Ratzinger once again.
He insisted once more on the necessity of consecrating several
bishops and of having a majority of members on the Roman Commission,
indispensable requirements for protecting Catholic Tradition from
the deleterious influences of Modernist Rome and conciliarist
bishops. He was asked by a reporter from the magazine 30
Days: “A few weeks later, on May 24, the Holy See fixed the
date of the ordination for August 15, as you had requested.
Why didn’t you accept?” His Grace replied: “I had lost
faith. It was necessary to threaten continually in order
to obtain something. No collaboration was any longer possible.
The case of the Roman Commission, in which they wanted to
put us in a minority, confirms this.”68
Archbishop gave to the Cardinal the following letter, insisting
on the same requests he had already made to Cardinal Gagnon in
It seems necessary
to me to stress what I wrote to you on May 6 past.
it appears clear that the goal of these dialogues is to reabsorb
us within the Conciliar Church, the only Church to which you make
allusion during these meetings.
We hoped that
you would give us the means to continue and develop the works of
Tradition, especially by giving us some coadjutors, at least three,
and by giving a majority to Tradition in the Roman Commission.
Now, on these
two points which we deem necessary to maintain our works outside
of all progressivist and conciliar influence, we are not satisfied.
with much regret we feel obliged to ask that, before the date of
June 1, you indicate clearly to us what the intentions of the Holy
See are on these two points: consecration of three bishops asked
for June 30, and a majority of members from Tradition in the Roman
answer to this request, I shall proceed with the publication of
the names of the candidates to the episcopacy whom I will consecrate
on June 30 with the collaboration of His Excellency Bishop de Castro
and the apostolic necessities for the growth of our work, do not
allow for any further delay.
In the hope
that these requests will be taken into consideration, please accept,
Your Eminence, my respectful and fraternally devoted sentiments
in Jesus and Mary.
† Marcel Lefebvre
.30 Days, July 1988, pp.13 14.
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