LEFEBVRE and the
June 29, 1988
of Cardinal Ratzinger
to Archbishop Lefebvre
The Apostolic Nunciature was requested to deliver
to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Bishop Emeritus of Tulle, the text
of the following telegram addressed by His Eminence Joseph Cardinal
Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the
Faith, in the name of the Holy Father:
Dated: Vatican June 29, 1988 at 2:00pm
For the love
of Christ and His Church the Holy Father asks you with paternal
firmness to leave today for Rome without proceeding to the episcopal
consecrations on June 30 which you have announced. He
prays the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul to inspire you not to betray
the episcopate the care of which you have received, nor the oath
you have pronounced to remain faithful to the Pope, successor of
Peter. He asks God to keep you from leading astray
and scattering those whom Christ Jesus came to gather in unity.
He entrusts you to the intercession of the most Holy Virgin
Mary Mother of the Church.
Lefebvre was willing to see the Holy Father at any time before,
but not to play the delaying game for ever. It belongs
to the virtue of prudence to choose the right time for action.
Archbishop Lefebvre had already delayed the Consecrations four
the Holy Father would have made a concrete proposal for a concrete
date in the near future, he would have undoubtedly accepted.
But this telegram only seems to hinder the possibility of
such a concrete solution.
He had not made known which were the previous three dates he had
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