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Rome, Italy, Jan 18, 2013 / 01:09 pm (CNA).- According to a Spanish cardinal, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X once said that if the group’s leader had seen the Mass celebrated properly, he may not have broken off from the Church.
Cardinal Antonio Canizares, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made this statement on Jan. 15 in response to questions from reporters after he delivered an address on Vatican II at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See.
“On one occasion,” Cardinal Canizares recalled, “Bishop (Bernard) Fellay, who is the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, came to see me and said, ‘We just came from an abbey that is near Florence. If Archbishop (Marcel) Lefebvre had seen how they celebrated there, he would not have taken the step that he did.’”
“The missal used at that celebration was the Paul VI Missal in its strictest form,” the cardinal added.
Very interesting information, in my view. Considering that the most beautiful Masses I have seen are at monasteries or being celebrated by monks, I find it interesting, and not surprising, that the Mass in this particular article was being conducted in that setting.
I cannot of course, speak for Bishop Fellay’s statement on the matter.
Peace of Christ,