LEFEBVRE and the
June 23, 1988
of Keep the Faith
to Pope John Paul II
This telegram was sent to His Holiness Pope John
Paul II and to His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. A copy
was sent to Archbishop Lefebvre. Keep the Faith, Inc. (Fairfield,
NJ), directed by Mr. Howard Walsh, is a leading US distributor
of conservative Catholic media materials.
We at Keep
the Faith, as with millions of American Catholics, were deeply
saddened by the sudden break in negotiations between your commission
and the Society of Saint Pius X. Hopes were high for
Faith is the largest media center in the US. We
produce over 500,000 tapes a year and are unreservedly loyal to
the Holy Father. Our program, The Pope Speaks,
is listened to by thousands and our Catholic Newswire features
the Vatican Report bimonthly. We mailed out millions
of catalogs highlighting the Holy Father’s activities, and we have
the largest customer base in the country. We reach
thousands of priests, seminarians, and religious with tapes and
books, and many of them are deeply disturbed by the turn of events.
over 70,000 videotapes on the Tridentine Mass narrated by Archbishop
Sheen, which have reached countless homes and seminaries.
The hunger for the Immemorial Mass is still very much present
and growing. Are these millions to be denied fundamental
pastoral care and consideration as their right?
tell you this to indicate that we are keenly aware of the prevailing
spirit in the Catholic community. It is presently
one of shock and confusion over the break in negotiations.
We speak for millions of souls who pray the negotiations
Lefebvre has become a symbol of orthodoxy and sanity to countless
souls in a church now being denied by dissent and scandal.
Those many will not understand his imminent excommunication.
For the good
of the Church and the salvation of souls, this tragedy must not
be permitted to happen. We implore you, Holy Father,
to re-open negotiations with Ecône. Our prayers are
with you in this most trying hour for Holy Mother Church and the
the Faith, Inc.
other telegrams and letters had been sent to the Vatican. This
one was chosen just as a sample. Even a retired diocesan
bishop from the United States wrote to the Pope asking him to
grant at least one bishop on June 30, 1988 and guaranteeing others
on pre-determined dates in the near future, but to no avail.
Courtesy of the Angelus
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