As the executive director was being received in audience by a sympathetic bishop (confer this post), scores & scores of collaborators — and, finally hundreds — were begging the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, to permit more generous expression of their liturgical and other “legitimate aspirations”.
Below are links to scanned copies & originals in a correspondence with then-Cardinal Ratzinger.
(See the post dated May 13, 2003 for records of the same letter to Cardinal Castrillón-Hoyos.)
The rest, as the saying goes, is history.
Click on the hyper-links below to view another recently ‘declassified’ correspondence from NCCL’s ‘TOP Secret’ archives.
1. Page 1 of sample letter, also sent by hundreds of others — this sample signed by NCCL’s executive director and dated 13 May 2003 to then-Cardinal Ratzinger, begging the Holy Father Pope John Paul II to permit more generous expression of the liturgical and other “legitimate aspirations” of Catholics commonly called ‘traditional’
3. Gracious reply of then-Cardinal Ratzinger to the above petition, in letter dated July 8, 2003 – written on his private letterhead
4. Scan of the envelope of the letter dated July 8, 2003 from then-Cardinal Ratzinger, delivered 7/18/2003