SUSPENDED traditionalist Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre met with a top Vatican official for more than three hours at the end of July but left Rome without meeting Pope John Paul. according to members of the priestly society he founded.
The office of the Society of Priests of St Pius X in Albano, Italy. would not comment on the meeting they said took place between the 76-year-old archbishop and West German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
A spokesman for the Albano branch of the society founded by Archbishop Lefebvre in 1969 said, however. that the meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger had taken place and added that Archbishop Lefebvre had returned to his seminary' in Econe, Switzerland.
Archbishop Lefebvre has met twice with Popes since his suspension. Pope Paul VI received him at his summer residence in Castelgandolfo on September 11, 1976. Pope Paul had suspended Archbishop Lefebvre for ordaining priests against the Pope's orders. The archbishop met Pope John Paul on November 18, 1978.