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Lefebvre, Marcel

Lefebvre, Marcel (1905–91). Former archbishop of Dakar and leader of a traditionalist movement within Roman Catholicism. He rejected the changes brought about by the second Vatican Council, proclaiming that ‘our future is the past’. After an unauthorized ordination of thirteen priests in June 1976, he was suspended from the exercise of his priestly ministry by the pope. Cardinal Ratzinger, whose extreme conservatism recognized virtue in Lefebvre's position, negotiated a protocol of reconciliation, which Lefebvre signed in 1988; but he withdrew his signature when he realized that a Commission of Inquiry would have a Vatican majority on it.

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