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This letter was also mailed to His Eminence, and circulated among Bishops & some of the Roman Curia.

September 12, 2005

The Tablet
Catherine Pepinster, Editor
1 King Street Cloisters
Clifton Walk, London
W6 OQZ Great Britain

Dear Madam — Your Eminence,

Surely a jurist endowed with the acumen attributed to His Eminence Cardinal Francesco Pompedda would not really have made the silly statement attributed to him in an interview with La Stampa. Apart from everything else, why would the Society of St. Pius X, founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, call into question the elections of the very Popes with whom reconciliation was and is sought? Evidently someone confuses Catholics who are commonly called traditional, with the movement which is in formal schism, the so-called sedevacantists.

Though there are said to be various factions among sedevacantists, all of them believe that the See of Peter has been vacant since the death of Pius XII. That could hardly be the case of the Society of St. Pius X, since Blessed Pope John XXIII personally appointed the late Archbishop Lefebvre as a member of the Ante-Preparatory Commission charged with preparing Vatican II. Moreover, all clerics of the aforementioned Society, like all clerics of the Roman Rite, commemorate the reigning Pontiff as well as the respective local Bishop during the Mass.

Unless one wished to sabotage the Holy Father’s attempts at reconciliation, one would think that the report of such silly statements might be ignored especially during this delicate phase.

Had His Eminence really made the statement attributed to him, he rather than the “Lefebvrists” might be suspected of being a sedevacantist. For he would seem to derogate to himself the prerogative which pertains solely to the Supreme Pontiff to establish the criteria of ecclesial reconciliation with/in the Catholic Church.

I am, Madam, your obedient servant,
G. P. Lloyd
528 North New Street, Suite 2
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018-5715 USA
tel 610/882-3124 • 610/882-3125 fax

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