A PETITION by followers of the rebel Archbishop Lefebvre for wider use of the Tridentine Mass is unlikely to be granted, a Vatican official .confirmed last week.
Mgr Pierre Jarry, who supervises Vatican handling of the suspended Archbishop Lefebvre and his Priestly Society of St Pius X, said that the petition, containing some 130,000 names, was unlikely to persuade Pope John Paul to alter his position.
The petition was drawn up after new rules were announced by the Vatican late last year permitting the use of the 1962 Latin missal on specific occasions with the agreement of the local bishop. The new rules also stated that permission would only be granted to priests who accepted the liturgical changes of Vatican 11. Archbishop Lefebvre and his followers reject these changes. He was suspended from his priestly functions in 1976 after he continued ordaining priests in defiance of a Vatican ban.