LEFEBVRE and the
June 2, 1988
of Archbishop Lefebvre
to Pope John Paul II
Most Holy Father,
and meetings with Cardinal Ratzinger and his collaborators, although
they took place in an atmosphere of courtesy and charity, persuaded
us that the moment for a frank and efficacious collaboration between
us has not yet arrived.
if the ordinary Christian is authorized to ask the competent Church
authorities to preserve for him the Faith of his Baptism, how much
more true is that for priests, religious and nuns?
It is to keep
the Faith of our Baptism intact that we have had to resist the spirit
of Vatican II and the reforms inspired by it.
ecumenism which is at the origin of all the Councilís innovations
in the liturgy, in the new relationship between the Church and the
world, in the conception of the Church itself, is leading the Church
to its ruin and Catholics to apostasy.
opposed to this destruction of our Faith and determined to remain
with the traditional doctrine and discipline of the Church, especially
as far as the formation of priests and the religious life is concerned,
we find ourselves in the absolute necessity of having ecclesiastical
authorities who embrace our concerns and will help us to protect
ourselves against the spirit of Vatican II and the spirit of Assisi.
That is why
we are asking for several bishops chosen from within Catholic Tradition,
and for a majority of the members on the projected Roman Commission
for Tradition, in order to protect ourselves against all compromise.
refusal to consider our requests, and it being evident that the
purpose of this reconciliation is not at all the same in the eyes
of the Holy See as it is in our eyes, we believe it preferable to
wait for times more propitious for the return of Rome to Tradition.72
That is why
we shall give ourselves the means to carry on the work which Providence
has entrusted to us, being assured by His Eminence Cardinal Ratzingerís
letter of May 30, that the episcopal consecration is not contrary
to the will of the Holy See, since it was granted for August 15.73
We shall continue
to pray for modern Rome, infested with Modernism, to become once
more Catholic Rome and to rediscover its 2,000 year-old tradition.
Then the problem of our reconciliation will have no further
reason to exist and the Church will experience a new youth.
Be so good,
Most Holy Father, as to accept the expression of my most respectful
and filially devoted sentiments in Jesus and Mary.
Ü Marcel Lefebvre
Note the expression. The Society of Saint Pius X never departed
from the Church. It remains united with 20 centuries of popes and
saints. Those who need to “return” are those who have
engaged themselves in new paths of doctrines and practices.
L’Osservatore Romano and others have objected to this
sentence. Archbishop Lefebvre does not say here that the Holy See
agrees with all the particular circumstances of the consecrations,
merely to its principle.
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