LEFEBVRE and the
from The Letter of Mother Anne Marie Simoulin
to Msgr. Jacques Despierre,
Bishop of Carcassonne, France
I thank you for your letter of June 24....On my own, I read it with
great attention and read it publicly to all the sisters of our congregation.
But one letter, though it purports to be well-meaning, cannot
blot out at once 25 years of silence, contempt, and condemnation
on the part of our bishops.
We are not
leaving the Church, Monseigneur, I mean the Catholic Church founded
by Our Lord Jesus Christ; we are just set apart by those who have
left it years ago, because they departed from the communion of the
the Pope as legitimate...and we pray daily for him and for our bishops.
You ask us “to renew our confidence in him.” What
confidence can we have in a Pope who:...
dealings with Communist heads of state, and shakes their hands
instead of denouncing them, reminding all that “Communism is
over Lutheran ceremonies, and who, at Munich, just a few days
ago, publicly asked for forgiveness from the Protestants for
their being excluded from the Church.
the red mark on the forehead from a Hindu priestess in India.
in Africa, had a priestess/sorcerer spread ashes or dust over
his head, during a witchcraft service, or a fetishistic cult.
sometimes presides over, and always encourages scandalous ecumenical
congresses such as Assisi, Kyoto, Rome...113
his heart and door to everyone except faithful Catholics.
I could go
on with this list of public scandalous actions of the present Pope.
I abridge it voluntarily because these examples suffice.
Only those who work to safeguard and defend the Catholic
Faith, who live a blameless life, are condemned, rejected, publicly
declared schismatic and excommunicated. This is derision,
Monseigneur, and it puts great shame on the visage of the Church.
We were surprised
yesterday to read in the newspaper, Midi-libre of July 1,
1988, under the photograph of Archbishop Lefebvre that “Lutherans
and Calvinists did not create a schism, properly speaking.”
What, then, did they do?
neither tear apart the Faith nor the charity of holy Church—are
schismatic! Who is mocked, and who is mocking whom?
you push the irony, after the condemnation of Archbishop Lefebvre
which was so much hoped for by the French episcopate, to grant us
the same “just requests of the traditionalists” according to the
very words and actions of falsely benevolent Cardinal Decourtray
and Cardinal Lustiger.
Now, for which
reason have we been rejected, condemned, treated as black sheep
for the past 20 years by Rome and by our bishops, if not for our
fidelity to these “just requests.” If we had not resisted,
would they ever offer us these requests now?
conservative Catholics who rejoice at the promises of more Indult
Masses after Ecclesia Dei meditate upon these words.
The Vatican, through the intermediary of our bishops, is
trying to work out, not a reconciliation, but recuperation.
Well, Monseigneur, we shall not be “recuperated,” [because
we are not ill], but just faithful!
Archbishop Lefebvre is almost the only prelate who courageously
stood up against the “auto-destruction of the Church.” All
his brothers in the episcopate have cowardly abandoned him.
We have been with him for a long time, with admiration and
veneration, in the same fidelity and in the same fight for the honor
of God and His Church. Today, we share his trials,
since, though the penalty imposed by Rome is of no value, it hits
us in the heart, because it comes from those who ought to be our
shepherds and who became our torturers. However, our
soul is in deep peace because we are sure to do the will of God,
and desirous to obey and please God rather than men. We
shall continue to pray for all those who have the duty to lead the
flock towards the true pastures and who are leading it astray in
It is not
the first time, and perhaps not the last time, that Rome condemns
innocence. We are sure that our determination is pleasing
to God; we shall hold to it, asking Him to protect us from bitterness
and hatred against those who treat us so unjustly.
of the Church is in the fidelity and resistance of Archbishop Lefebvre.
May the Churchmen realize it before it is too late.
We pray for this intention and, as you exhort us, we pray
St. Dominic, our blessed Father, to slay the heretics.
Deign to receive,
Monseigneur, our most profound and religious respect.
of the Dominican Sisters
Full documentation of the foregoing scandals is in, Peter, Lovest
Thou Me? available from Angelus Press.
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