Chronological Index

1905‑1968 ....................................................................... 1‑10

An outline of Mgr. Lefebvre's life

up to his retirement in 1968.

7 October1970 ................................................................... 12

Opening of the Seminary at Ec6ne.

1 November 1970 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

The Society of St. Pius X canonically established.

26 March 1974... ........................................................................................... 35

                           Meeting convened in Rome

to discuss the Society of St. Pius X.

30 April1974....................................................................... 36

Meeting between Mgr. Mamie and Mgr. Lefebvre.

23June1974 ........................................................................ 37

The Commission of Cardinals decides upon

an Apostolic Visitation of the Seminary.

11‑13 November 1974 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

The Apostolic Visitation takes place.

21 November 1974 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37‑40

The "Declaration" of Mgr. Lefebvre.

21 January 1975 ................................................................ 41

The Commission of Cardinals meets to discuss

the report of the Apostolic Visitors.

24 January 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Mgr. Mamie informs the Commission of Cardinals that

he wishes to withdraw canonical approval from

the Society of Saint Pius X.


25 January 1975 ........................................................... 44‑45

Mgr. Lefebvre invited for a "discussion"

with the Commission of Cardinals.

13 February 1975 & 3 March 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45‑49

Mgr. Lefebvre meets the Commission of Cardinals.

His account of the meetings.

19 March 197 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49‑51

Mgr. Lefebvre writes to the Abbé de Nantes

affirming that he will never break‑with Rome.

25 April1975....................................................................... 51

Cardinal Tabera authorizes Mgr. Mamie to withdraw

canonical approval from the Society of St. Pius X.

6 May 1975......................................................................... 51

Mgr. Mamie notifies Mgr. Lefebvre of this decision.

6 May 1975.................................................................... 57‑63

The Commission of Cardinals condemns Mgr. Lefebvre.

Text of the condemnation and commentary.

8 May 1975..................................................................... 63‑67

L'Osservatore Romano attacks Mgr. Lefebvre.

9 May 1975.......................................................................... 67

Mgr. Mamie makes his decision public.

21 May 1975................................................................... 73‑74

Letter from Mgr. Lefebvre to Cardinal Staffa

appealing against the decision.

25 May 1975................................................................... 75‑81

Mgr. Lefebvre leads the Credo Holy Year

Pilgrimage to Rome.

25 May 1975................................................................... 81‑86

Mgr. Lefebvre's sermon, The One True Religion,

the complete text.

27‑29 May 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87‑101

Events at Ec6ne.

31 May 1975............................................................... 103‑104

First letter of Mgr. Lefebvre to Pope Paul Vl.

2 June 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104

Mgr. Mamie publishes the text of the condemnation

of Mgr. Lefebvre by the Commission of Cardinals.

5June1975 ........................................................................ 104

Mgr. Lefebvre's lawyer lodges the Archbishop's appeal

with the Court of the Apostolic Signature in Rome.

6 June 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105‑106

Statement of Dr. Eric de Saventhem.

10 June 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106

Mgr. Lefebvre's appeal is rejected.

14 June 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108

The Archbishop's second appeal.

15 June 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Fr. Pierre Epiney, the Parish Priest of Riddes,

dismissed for his support of the Archbishop.

29 June 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112‑122

First letter of Pope Paul VI to Mgr. Lefebvre.

Text and commentary.

29 June 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129

Ordinations at Ec6ne.

15 July 1975............................................................... 130‑131

Letter from Mgr. Lefebvre to Hamish Fraser

claiming that Cardinal Villot is determined to

destroy the Society of St. Pius X.

21July1975........................................................................ 131

Cardinal Garrone urges French‑speaking seminarians

to transfer to Pontifical French Seminary in Rome.


8 September 197 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134‑13 5

Second letter of Pope Paul VI to Mgr. Lefebvre.

24 September1975 ............................................................. 135

Second letter of Mgr. Lefebvre to Pope Paul VI.

27 October 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136‑142

Letter from Cardinal Villot to the Presidents of

Episcopal Conferences. Text and commentary.

12 December 1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142‑157

Mgr. Mamie publishes a commentary on Mgr. Lefebvre's

Letter to Friends and Benefactors (No. 9).

Text of this letter and Mgr. Mamie's commentary.

13 February 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157‑163

Louis Salleron's interview with Mgr. Lefebvre published

in La France Catholique‑Ecclesia.

21 February 1976 ....................................................... 163‑166

Letter from Pope Paul VI to Cardinal Villot

commenting on the Salleron interview.

Text and commentary.

21 April 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168‑171

Letter from Mgr. Benelli to Mgr. Lefebvre.

24 May 1976............................................................... 173‑191

The Allocution of Pope Paul VI to the Consistory

of Cardinals. Text and commentary.

12 June 1976 ............................................................. 193‑196

Letter from Mgr. Benelli to the Apostolic Nuncio in

Berne instructing him to inform Mgr. Lefebvre that he

must refrain from conferring orders. Text and commentary.

22 June 1976 ............................................................. 196‑197

Third letter of Mgr. Lefebvre to Pope Paul VI.

25June1976 ............................................................... 197‑200

Letter from Mgr. Benelli to Mgr. Lefebvre repeating this

instruction and stating that the seminarians must submit to

the "Conciliar Church." Text and commentary.

29 June .1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201‑214

The ordinations at Ec6ne including the complete

text of Mgr. Lefebvre's sermon.

1 July 1976..................................................................    215‑216

The suspension of Mgr. Lefebvre,

declaration of the Vatican Press Bureau.

4 July 1976. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216‑225

The Mass in Geneva, sermon of Mgr. Lefebvre

at the First Solemn Mass of Fr. Denis Roch.

6 July 1976. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225‑226

Letter from Cardinal Baggio to Mgr. Lefebvre

explaining the terms of his suspension.

8 July 1976. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227‑231

An article by Fr. Henri Bruckberger, O. P.,

condemning the hostility shown to the newly ordained

priests from Ec6ne by the French Hierarchy.

12 July 1976................................................................   232‑233

Mgr. Lefebvre makes public his letter to the Pope

of 22 June. Text of the explanatory note.

17 July 1976. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233‑235

Fourth letter of Mgr. Lefebvre to Pope Paul VI.

22 July 1976................................................................ 235‑236

Notification of the Suspension a divinis. Letter from the

Secretariat of the Congregation for Bishops to Mgr. Lefebvre.

3 August1976.............................................................. 236‑237

Interview given to the Nouvelliste of Sion

by Mgr. Lefebvre.

8 August1976.............................................................. 238‑241

The Petition of the Eight.


  15 August 1976 ................................................................................ 241‑243

Third letter of Pope Paul VI to Mgr. Lefebvre.

Text and commentary.

  27 August1976 ................................................................................. 244‑252

  An appeal by twenty‑eight French priests

  to Pope Paul VI.

29 August 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253‑271

The Mass at Lille.

  11 September 1976 .................................................................................. 273

Communiqué from the Vatican Press Office concerning

the audience of Mgr. Lefebvre with Pope Paul VI.

11 September 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273‑288

Mgr. Lefebvre's account of his audience with Pope Paul VI.

14 September 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288‑289

Declaration by the Director of the Vatican Press Office.

16 September 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289‑290

Fifth letter of Mgr. Lefebvre to Pope Paul VI.

17 September 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290‑294

Letter from Mgr. Lefebvre to Dr. Eric de Saventhem.

17 September 1976 . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294‑296

Statement by the Vatican Press Office accusing Mgr.

Lefebvre of lying about his interview with the Holy Father.

18 September 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296‑297

Communiqué from Mgr. Lefebvre refuting this allegation.

  7 October1976 .................................................................................. 297‑300

  Letter to Friends & Benefactors (No. 11).

  11 October1976 ................................................................................ 301‑343

Fourth letter of Pope Paul VI to Mgr. Lefebvre.

Text and commentary.

November 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345‑346

Manifesto of the Catholic Academics.

16 November 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346‑349

Interview with Michael Davies.

29 November 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349‑350

Fifth letter of Pope Paul VI to Mgr. Lefebvre.

3 December 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 50‑3 5 3

Sixth letter of Mgr. Lefebvre to Pope Paul VI.