Volume 3, Chapter
19 March 1981
that the consequences of the conciliar revolution seems to be intent
on becoming institutionalized and supplant the true Catholic institutions
with the risk of arriving at the same results as in political society,
which is sinking into a state of permanent revolution, our resolution
to maintain and develop the divine institutions of the Church should
be more firm than ever, for if political institutions can disappear,
this can never happen to the Church.
On the other
hand, it is with joy, and with thanks to God that we see traditional
enterprises such as the Society of St. Pius X, and other societies,
expanding in a way which is, humanly speaking, inexplicable. Another
consolation and source of encouragement is the strengthening of
the links between all the brave initiatives within the Society.
As you know,
we have never wished to be considered as the leaders of the groups
involved in this renewal of the Church, and in this resistance to
the revolution in the Church. However, according to the measure
of the increase in the number of our seminaries, houses, schools,
and retreat houses, and since the number of our priests is increasing
and will increase, especially from 1983 onwards, it is normal that
the great hope which these young priests represent, inspires the
confidence of all the traditionalist initiatives. Active, and contemplative
religious, and secular priests feel the need to join themselves
to this vigorous root which is filled with faith, truth and grace
and deeply rooted in the Tradition of twenty centuries of the Church.
links in the faith and in the faith and in the apostolate seem to
me to be very important for the future of the Church. For we wish
to work in absolute confidence that Providence will permit that
one day, decided by, and known to itself, the Sovereign Pontiff
will recognize the incomparable benefit of all of these enterprises,
and will give thanks to God for them. There is no justifiable argument
which obliges us to cut ourselves off from the Pope. On the contrary,
innumerable irrefutable motifs oblige us to remain united to him
as the Successor of Peter and this will render our protestations
and our refusals the more efficacious and justified. That does not
in any way diminish our attachment to Tradition. It is through esteem
for the successor of Peter that we cannot conceive any contradiction
with the Magisterium of Peter as being possible.
In the midst
of this great torment which calls down the malediction of God on
humanity, let us go on with serenity and confidence in God in our
work of restoration of the Church which is expanding by the multiplication
of auspicious initiatives of reconstruction, but especially by the
work of holiness which is that bonus odor Christi, that “sweet
odor of Christ," which rises straight up to God like the sacrifice
of Abel, and which draws down upon us the blessings of God.
visit to Mexico, both I and those who accompanied me were able to
see the. tragic situation of the people who number almost seventy-seven
million souls and who are almost all Catholics. The shepherds have
abandoned their people to give themselves over to politics and the
Revolution, pushing the government, which is already linked with
Fidel Castro, further to the Left. A certain number of the faithful
have thrown progressive priests out of their parishes and are begging
us to replace them. At Cordoba a young curate, dressed in a way
that has nothing clerical about it, came to see me to make known
his feelings to me in these term: “My Lord, you are right,
and you have the grace of the Holy Ghost with you. We have nothing
more than a religious mask, behind which there is nothing. I wanted
to say this to you as you were passing through here. My Lord, bless
Then he went
away. I was stupified, but once again confirmed by the necessity
to continue our actions for the salvation of souls. By the grace
of God we already have fourteen Mexican seminarians, while there
were only two young priests ordained last year for the whole of
Mexico. May Our Lady of Guadalupe protect her beloved people!
we recommend our enterprises to your prayers and to your generosity.
At the moment we are building a seminary at Buenos Aires, we are
enlarging the seminary at Ridgefield in the U.S.A., and soon we
will be obliged to divide Ecône, which has become too small.
We must start something in France. May St. Joseph come to our aid.
We owe him our immense gratitude for all that he has helped us to
a good Holy Week and a Happy Easter we implore Jesus, Mary and Joseph
to fill you with blessings.
+ Marcel Lefebvre
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