Did he perceive Cardinal Ratzinger as friend or foe?
JR: Without question as a friend, and this because of years of having had totally straightforward conversations with him. MJM: Oh, no question, as a friend. You must remember that Michael defined traditionalism first and foremost as the fight for the restoration of the Old Mass. During his visit to India for the 1986 All India Conference, Michael noted: We must make the preservation of the Tridentine Mass, the most venerable rite in Christendom, our first priority in our efforts to halt the decomposition of Catholicism. We must, in fact, do more. We must not be content with its preservation, we must fight for its restoration to the altars of all our churches as the only recognized Mass of the Roman Rite. If he had a favorite motto or watchword, it would likely have been one of the two coined by that faithful remnant living in Elizabethan England: Keep the Faith and Its the Mass that matters. Many members of that English remnant, Michael said, gave all that they had, including their liv
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