|Abp. Lefebvre meets Padre Pio |
(Easter Monday, 1967)
On March 16, in Rome, Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, delivered to the Superior General of our Fraternity, Bishop Fellay, a letter with certain statements in which a response to the doctrinal preamble of September 14, 2011, is ultimately asked from us that is more positive than what has been put forward so far.
The deadline for a response is April 15, 2012. Surely you have heard this already from the media, entirely or partly. We have thus reached a decisive point.
If the letter seems to bear a negative tone, there is also legitimate hope for a satisfactory solution. If it comes into fruition, it would strengthen all conservative forces within the Church; if not, those would be weakened and discouraged. So this is not primarily about our Society, but about what is good for the Church.
Therefore we ask for the fervent, persistent and supplicating prayer of all our faithful and of all Catholics, so that God, through the redemptive suffering of His only begotten Son, will lead his Church out of her current crisis to give her new life, strength, and prosperity in the holy Resurrection of Jesus.
Stuttgart, March 22, 2012
Father Franz Schmidberger, District Superior
[Source: SSPX German District]