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Catholic Church / Pope / Lefebvre #252898

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 29, 1977
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(Studio) Archbishop defies papal ban and ordains traditionalist priests in Switzerland. Could provoke 1st schism in Catholic Church in over 100 years
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Econe, Switzerland) Report on ordination ceremony; in sermon Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre criticizes reforms of Vatican II, accuses Pope Paul VI of coddling Communism and threatening 2 members with excommunication. Reporter asks Lefebvre with regard to objections in new mass. [LEFEBVRE - notes both Protestant and Catholic can now say same mass, with new rite, and for Catholic, that's impossible.] Reporter asks sole American to be ordained, Reverend Anthony Cekada of Milwaukee, WI, what it will mean to him if Lefebvre is excommunicated. [CEKADA - says as far as Pope Paul is concerned, he'll be excommunicated. Cites traditionalist beliefs.] 1 of Lefebvre's followers says it could be greatest schism since Reformation.
REPORTER: Peter Kalischer

(Studio) Pope celebrates 14th anniversary on throne at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome; makes no mention of Lefebvre by name, but Vatican radio does. Comments noted. (Film shown.)
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalischer, Peter

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