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Pope maintains generous offer of Personal Prelature for break away group of Lefebvrists

2012-06-14

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman

“During this meeting, they were given a document with the proposal of a personal prelature, as the most appropriate way for a possible canonical recognition of the Fraternity.”

The final decision for a total communion with the Catholic Church now depends on Bishop Fellay, who has said that he will give the answer in “reasonable time”.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman

“The Fraternity has its general chapter during the first week of July, so it will also be an opportunity for leaders of the Fraternity to reflect on this issue.”

A Personal Prelature is a very flexible institutional structure of the Catholic church similar to a diocese. But unlike a diocese, they are not bound geography, rather by the shared mission of its members.


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