Three Cardinals to Work With Lefebvre Group
(Three pictures that tell the rest of the story)


VATICAN CITY, APRIL 9, 2006 ( Benedict XVI has appointed three new members to the commission that is working for a return to full communion for members of the Society of St. Pius X.  The three appointed to the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" are Cardinals William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Jean-Pierre Ricard, archbishop of Bordeaux and president of the French episcopal conference; and Antonio Cañizares Llovera, archbishop of Toledo and primate of Spain.  The commission's president is Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy.  The Commission "Ecclesia Dei" was instituted by Pope John Paul II with a 1988 apostolic letter published after the illegal episcopal ordinations carried out by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, a schismatic act. The archbishop was the founder of the Society of St. Pius X. The announcement of the new appointments on Saturday came a day after the French bishops revealed that "in the forthcoming weeks or months," the Pope "should give directives to facilitate the path toward a possible return to full communion" with the Society of St. Pius X.


REMNANT COMMENT: Let us look now at the new cardinals, keeping in mind as we do so that these are the men with whom the SSPX must "return to full communion" in order to be considered "fully Catholic". (Michael J. Matt)



Jean-Pierre Ricard (in green), Archbishop of Bordeaux, had already been a member of the Ecclesia Dei Commission.

Bishop Levada incensed by an altar girl before being appointed to the Ecclesia Dei Commission!


Though Archbishop Seán P. O’Malley was not appointed to Ecclesia Dei he was made a cardinal. Here he is with Lutheran "Bishop" Margaret Payne before a service of evening prayer to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism and the fifth anniversary of the Joint Statement on the Doctrine of Justification signed by representatives from "both communities". Photo by Neil W. McCabe