LEFEBVRE and the
June 30, 1988
Antonio de Castro Mayer
the Consecration Sermon given by Archbishop Lefebvre, the co-consecrating
bishop, Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer, retired bishop of the
Diocese of Campos, Brazil, gave a short allocution which was very
warmly applauded. He read it in Portuguese and it was translated
afterwards into French and then into German and English.
here at this ceremony is caused by a duty of conscience: that of
making a profession of Catholic Faith in front of the whole Church
and more particularly in front of His Excellency Archbishop Marcel
Lefebvre and in front of all the priests, religious, seminarians
and faithful here present.
Aquinas teaches that there is no obligation to make a profession
of faith at every moment. But when the Faith is in
danger it is urgent to profess it, even if it be at the risk of
one’s own life.
Such is the
situation in which we find ourselves. We live in an
unprecedented crisis of the Church, a crisis that attacks her inner
essence, in her very substance which is the Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass and the Catholic priesthood, two mysteries essentially united
because without priesthood there is no sacrifice of the Mass and
therefore no form of worship. It is also on this foundation
that the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ is built.
For this reason,
because the conservation of the priesthood and the Holy Mass is
at stake, and in spite of the requests and pressures of many, I
am here in order to accomplish my duty: to make a public profession
It is painful
to witness the deplorable blindness of so many confrères in the
episcopate and in the priesthood who do not see or do not want to
see the present crisis nor the necessity to resist the reigning
modernism in order to be faithful to the mission entrusted to us
I want to
manifest here my sincere and profound adherence to the position
of His Excellency Archbishop Lefebvre, dictated by his fidelity
to the Church of all centuries. Both of us, we have
drunk at the same spring which is that of the Holy Catholic Apostolic
and Roman Church.
May the Most
Holy Virgin Our Mother, who at Fatima has warned us in her motherly
love with regard to the gravity of the present situation, give us
the grace to be able by our attitude to help and enlighten the faithful
in such a way that they depart from these pernicious errors of which
they are the victims, deceived by many persons who have received
the fullness of the Holy Ghost.
May God bless
Archbishop Lefebvre and his work!
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