• Short Summary

    The rebel French Roman Catholic Archbishop, Marcel Lefebvre, has defied Argentinian authorities by holding the traditional Latin Tridentine Mass on a private estate near Buenos Aires, Government authorities had banned him holding any service other than in a church or chapel while the Roman Catholic hierarchy declared that none of its buildings would be made available.

  • Description

    The rebel French Roman Catholic Archbishop, Marcel Lefebvre, has defied Argentinian authorities by holding the traditional Latin Tridentine Mass on a private estate near Buenos Aires, Government authorities had banned him holding any service other than in a church or chapel while the Roman Catholic hierarchy declared that none of its buildings would be made available. But Archbishop Lefebvre, who has been banned from all priestly duties by Pope Paul, side-stepped the restrictions by holding a mass for over 300 people in the gardens of a country house owned by one of his supporters.

    Archbishop Lefebvre also held two other Tridentine Masses in a Buenos Aires apartment only a couple of hundred metres (yards) from the Vatican Embassy. At an earlier news conference, he rejected descriptions that he was a rebel or ???ssident saying that he was not opposed to the Pope but was one of his most faithful sons; all that he asked was that the Pope be the successor of Saint Peter and not Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Referring to the threat of his possible excommunication by Pope Paul, the Archbishop said that such a penalty could only be imposed by canon law and would require a trial. As yet that had not been done.

    SYNOPSIS: Archbishop Lefebvre's supporters gathered in the grounds surrounding the La Leonor Villa, about 16 miles (20 kilometres) outside Buenos Aires, on Saturday night (24 July).

    Originally it had been planned to hold the ???raditional Tridentine mass in the private chapel on the estate but the congregation was too large. The rebel French Archbishop told his followers he condemned all forms of rapprochement between the Catholic Church and other faiths.

    Before Archbishop Lefebvre arrived in Argentina, a group of traditionalist Roman Catholics unsuccessfully tried to take legal action in an attempt to lift the ban that prohibited him holding a public mass.

    He was assisted by French priest, Herve le Lay, who's been banned from priestly duties in Argentina by the Buenos Aires Archdiocese.

    The Archbishop's rebellion against the Vatican is based on his refusal to accept reforms instituted by the Second Vatican Council. These include the substitution of the traditional Latin Mass by vernacular services.

    The Archbishop's visit in Argentina was expected to last six days.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9IHABMUA062953GXXBFXYGUTT
    Media URN:
    VLVA9IHABMUA062953GXXBFXYGUTT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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