Twenty years ago today, I was into the office rather early. The “office” I am talking about are the offices of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” on the ground floor of the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio.
Being the first one in, I started up various machines, opened some windows to change the air in the place and … DING DONG … the doorbell rang.
On the doorstep was His Eminence Joseph Card. Ratzinger, who worked upstairs at the time.
“I wanted to give you the news as soon as possible”, he said. “I had a phone call that Archbishop Lefebvre has died.”
Armed with that news, I phoned the residence of the President of the PCED, the late Augustin Card. Mayer, gave him the news, and suggested that we might have a busy day.
Twenty years ago today.
Here is a memorial card I have had in my breviary since 1991.
In your goodness, perhaps you will say a prayer for the late Archbishop Lefebvre today, on the 20th anniversary of his death.
May God be merciful to him.