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Raymond-Leopold Bruckberger Dies

January 6, 1998

PARIS (AP) _ Raymond-Leopold Bruckberger, a Swiss priest and writer who served as the chaplain of the French Resistance during World War II, has died, the order of Saint-Dominique said Monday. He was 90.

Bruckberger died Sunday night at the Jean Paul II retirement home, near Fribourg, Switzerland, the order said in a statement, giving no other details.

The author of countless essays and several books, Bruckberger was also known as a rebel within the Roman Catholic Church, criticizing Vatican reforms in the 1960s and championing the use of Latin in liturgy.

Bruckberger was born April 10, 1907, in Murat, Switzerland, and was ordained a priest in 1934.

During World War II, Bruckberger became chaplain of the Resistance, and he was on hand to receive Gen. Charles de Gaulle at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris when the resistance leader marched into the liberated capital on Aug. 26, 1944.

Bruckberger spent the decades after the war living in North Africa, Greece and the United States before returning to France during the 1960s.

Among his lengthy essays were ``The American Republic″ (1958), ``Letter to John Paul II, Pope of the Year 2000″ (1979) and ``Yes to the Death Penalty″ (1986).

His books included ``God and Politics″ (1968) and ``A Time of Lengthening Shadows″ (1988).

He also contributed to the New York Times, Life, Harper’s and the French magazine, Le Figaro.

Bruckberger was a member of the Institute at the Academy of Moral Sciences and Politics and was a knight in the Legion of Honor.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

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