LEFEBVRE and the
June 2, 1988
and the “Reconciliation”
“Could Rome have not been trusted?...Had
not Rome given enough signs of goodwill, and of a sincere desire
for reconciliation?” Such are the questions that many asked
on the occasion of the episcopal consecrations of June 30, 1988.
is not for us to judge men’s intentions, so rather than question
the goodwill of the Roman authorities we prefer to state the facts
for which they are responsible.
is why we are giving here below the extracts from a letter written
by a seminarian who left Ecône to join the seminary Mater Ecclesiæ,
at Rome, an establishment desired by the Holy Father and opened
by him on Oct. 15, 1986, and protected by a commission of cardinals.
Mater Ecclesiæ was designed to be a seminary to receive seminarians
who left Ecône and any others with similar feelings.
How sorry I am! Yes! I have everything,
absolutely everything to be sorry about in this “enterprise” of
Mater Ecclesiæ. Firstly, my being sent away for having made
insistent requests in favor, for example, of more frequent Tridentine
Masses, the wearing of ecclesiastical dress, the correction within
the seminary of the errors of the courses being taught us at the
to these requests, repeated many times, was silence, and above all,
the steady and by now complete realigning of the house and of each
of the seminarians on Modernist Rome. The whole enterprise
is the laughing-stock of the Progressives, with the French bishops
at their head, including some of the most traditional!
Day by day,
we saw the situation growing worse: the seminarians taking off their
habit, seminarians getting themselves accepted by the bishops by
renouncing everything, being ready for anything—Then there came
the time of sanctions when all those who had been given the task
of helping us were ordered by the authorities to look after us no
longer— Henceforth for anyone who wanted nothing to do with the
bishops of France or anywhere else, there is absolutely no further
solution...Vagus— Nomad....We are from now on wandering clerics,
left hanging in the void.
And the Pope
did nothing, and no doubt next year the house Mater Ecclesiæ
will be closed, which may well be no bad thing.
I had the occasion to say either to Cardinal Ratzinger or to certain
monsignori of the Curia that, alas, we were forced to admit that
Archbishop Lefebvre was right on most questions and that I was wrong.
me much suffering to write you these lines as I think of my idiocy
in having abandoned Ecône despite your advice, the cowardice of
the authorities (I am weighing my words) when it comes to Tradition
and their similar cowardice when it comes to “ecumenism” towards
the others, the abandoning and denial on the part of almost all
those who had undertaken never to let go—everything, yes, absolutely
everything fills me with regret!
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