to the Second Edition
The fact that the first edition of this book was quickly exhausted
manifests the demand for the full documentation regarding one of
the most important moments of the 20th century for the Roman Catholic
Church, the episcopal consecrations of four Bishops by Archbishop
Lefebvre and Bishop de Castro Mayer on June 30, 1988.
second edition adds in the first part some important documents not
available at the time of the first edition, though none of these
documents are essential. I mainly added the missing
documents up to June 30, mostly letters between the Vatican and
Archbishop Lefebvre. However I added some comments
to the letter of May 6, and to the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei.
restricted myself to add only two more documents after the Consecrations.
First, the article of Fr. Paul Crane; being not in favor
of the Consecrations, he cannot be accused of partiality, yet he
points out very well one core element of the decision of Archbishop
Lefebvre: Courage! Fortitude! Second,
a letter from Fr. Bisig showing how the Society of St. Peter positively
encourages people to go to the New Mass.
more documents could have been added concerning the implementation
of the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei, but I think this should
be the subject of a whole book. That would be beyond
the scope of this one. Suffice to say here that those
who had at first questioned the prudence of Archbishop Lefebvre’s
decision have now come to see the wisdom of his decision.
is easier to destroy than to build. Archbishop Lefebvre
had been a builder when so many others were either destroying or
letting destroy. He could not let the future of the
spiritual edifice of so many souls who had kept Tradition or returned
to it, in the hands of those destroyers. He had been
a good shepherd who took care of the abandoned and wounded souls
when so many bad shepherds were either mercenaries or wolves in
shepherds’ clothes. He could not let the sheep in
the care of these mercenaries or wolves. As a successor
of the Apostles, his duty was to provide some good builders, some
good shepherds for them; he asked for the Pope’s approval which
was given to him theoretically on May 5, 1988, but with no date
and no definite candidate to consecrate. When he asked
for a concrete date, conciliar Rome screamed that he was breaking
the negotiations. Conscious of his duty towards God
and towards these souls, he provided these good shepherds.
By their fruits you shall know them.
their work be fruitful through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin
Mary for the glory of God and for the salvation of souls.
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