Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
The declaration of Religious Liberty reduces the
October 1983 (statement made public only in June 1988)
to the status of equality with false religions
We read in
the twentieth chapter of Exodus that God, after having forbidden
His people to adore strange gods, added these words: "It is
I who am the Lord thy God, a mighty and jealous God, visiting the
iniquity of fathers on their sons to the third and fourth generation
of those who hate Me." In chapter thirty-four of Exodus we
read: "Thou shalt not adore any strange god. A jealous God,
that is the name of the Lord."
It is just
and salutary that God should be jealous of what belongs to Him alone
and from all eternity: jealous of His infinite eternal almighty
being, jealous of His glory, of His truth, of His charity, jealous
of being the only Creator and Redeemer, and so of being the end
of all things, the sole way of salvation and happiness for all angels
and men, jealous of being the Alpha and the Omega.
Church founded by Him and to which He entrusted all the treasures
of salvation is for her part also jealous of the privileges of her
sole Master and Lord, and teaches all men that they must turn towards
her and be baptized by her if they wish to be saved and partake
of the glory of God in a happy eternity. Thus the Church is essentially
missionary. She is essentially one, holy, Catholic, Apostolic and
admit of there being any other true religion outside of her; she
cannot admit that one may find any way to salvation outside of her
since she identifies herself with her Lord and God who said: "I
am the Way, the Truth and the Life."
Hence she has
a horror of any communion or union with false religions, with heresies,
and with errors, which put a distance between souls and her God
who is the one and only God. She knows only unity within her fold,
as does her God. For that she gives the blood of her martyrs, the
life of her missionaries, of her priests, the sacrifice of her religious
and nuns, she offers the daily Sacrifice of Propitiation.
But with Vatican
II a spirit of adultery has been blowing through the Church, a spirit
which in the Declaration on Religious Liberty allows of the principle
of religious liberty of conscience for internal and external acts,
with exemption from any authority. This is the principle of the
Declaration of the Rights of Man against the rights of God. The
authorities of the Church, the State and the Family partake of the
authority of God and hence they have the duty to contribute to the
spread of the Truth and to the application of the Decalogue, and
to protect their subjects against error and immorality.
provoked the laicizing of Catholic States, which is an insult to
God and to His Church, reducing the Church to the status of equality
with false religions. This is exactly the spirit of adultery for
which the people of Israel were so often rebuked (see Note 1, the
declaration of Pope Paul VI, L'Osservatore Romano, April
24, 1969). This spirit of adultery is also made clear in the ecumenism
instituted by The Secretariat for the Unity of Christians. This
aberrant ecumenism has brought in its train all the reforms of the
liturgy, of the Bible, of Canon Law, with the collegiality that
destroys the personal authority of the Supreme Pontiff, of the episcopacy
and of the parish priest (see note 2).
is not Catholic; it is the fruit of the Modernism condemned by St.
Pius X. It wrecks all the institutions of the Church and especially
the seminaries and the clergy, in such a way that one may ask who
is still integrally Catholic among the clerics who submit to this
adulterous spirit of the Council! Hence nothing is so urgent in
the Church as to form a clergy repudiating this adulterous and Modernist
spirit and saving the glory of the Church and her Divine Founder
by keeping the integral Faith and the means established by Our Lord
and by the Tradition of the Church to keep this Faith, and to transmit
the life of grace and the fruits of the Redemption.
It will soon
be twenty years now that we have been striving with patience and
firmness to get the Roman authorities to understand this need for
a return to sane doctrine and Tradition, for a renewal of the Church,
for the salvation of souls and for the glory of God.
But a deaf
ear is continually turned to our entreaties - nay, more, we are
being asked to recognize the wisdom of the whole Council and of
the reforms ruining the Church. No one wishes to pay any heed to
our present experience of, with the grace of God, maintaining the
Tradition, which produces true fruits of holiness and draws numerous
the Catholic priesthood, which perpetuates the Catholic Church and
not an adulterous Church, we need Catholic bishops. So we find ourselves
constrained, because of the spirit of Modernism invading today's
clergy, an invasion reaching even to the highest summits within
the Church, to undertake the consecrating of bishops, the principle
of this consecration having been accepted by the Pope, according
to Cardinal Ratzinger's letter of May 30 (see P.S.).
These episcopal consecrations will not only be valid, but given
the historical circumstances, most probably also licit. However,
be they licit or not, it is sometimes necessary to abandon the
letter of the law in order to observe the spirit of the law.
The Pope can
only desire the Catholic priesthood to continue. Hence it is in
no way in a spirit of rupture or schism that we are carrying out
these episcopal consecrations, but in order to come to the help
of the Church which finds herself no doubt in the most sorrowful
situation of her whole history. Had we found ourselves in the times
of St. Francis of Assisi, the Pope would have been in agreement
with us. There was not an occupation by Freemasonry of the Vatican
in its happier days.
Hence we declare
our attachment and our submission to the Holy See and to the Pope.
In accomplishing this act of consecration we are aware of continuing
our service to the Church and to the papacy exactly as we have striven
to do ever since the first day of our priesthood.
The day when
the Vatican will be delivered from this occupation by Modernists
and will come back to the path followed by the Church down to Vatican
II, our new bishops will put themselves entirely in the hands of
our Sovereign Pontiff, to the point of desisting if he so wishes
from the exercise of their episcopal functions.
turn towards the Virgin Mary who is also jealous of the privileges
of her Divine Son, jealous of His glory, of His Kingdom on earth
as in heaven. How often has she intervened for the defense, even
the armed defense, of Christendom against the enemies of the Kingdom
of Our Lord! We entreat her to intervene today to chase the
enemies out from inside the Church who are trying to destroy her
more radically than her enemies from outside. May she deign to keep
in the integrity of the Faith, in the love of the Church, in devotion
to the successor of Peter, all the members of the Society of St.
Pius X and all the priests and faithful who labor alongside the
Society, in order that she may both keep us from schism and preserve
us from heresy.
May St. Michael
the Archangel inspire us with his zeal for the glory of God and
with his strength to fight demons.
May St. Pius
X share with us a part of his wisdom, of his learning, of his sanctity,
to discern the true from the false and the good from the evil in
these times of confusion and lies.
P.S. This Statement,
drawn up in 1983, is still valid today. It needed only one
correction concerning the agreement with Rome for the consecration
of a bishop in the letter of May 30, 1988. If the
conversations of the months of April and May did not reach a conclusion,
that is because they showed the will of Modernist Rome to make us
accept the spirit and reforms of Vatican II.
Declaration of Paul VI, L'Osservatore Romano, August
24, 1969: "The new position adopted by the Church with regard
to the realities of this earth is henceforth well known by everyone...
and here is the most important new principle to be put into practice...
the Church agrees to recognize the world as 'self - sufficient,'
she does not seek to make the world an instrument for her religious
ends..." This is a declaration contrary to the Catholic Faith,
against which I protested in a letter to what used to be the Holy
Office. The reply was, coming from the Secretary of State, that
is to say Cardinal Villot, that I should quit Rome immediately;
to which I answered that he would have to send a squad of Swiss
guards to force me to quit Rome. The reply was silence. That is
what has happened to the Vatican and what it still is today with
regard to the defenders of the Catholic Faith. All the popes in
their encyclicals stated the opposite. Not only the Faith, but also
sane philosophy rises up in protest against this declaration, which
laicized all the Catholic States.
Secretariat for the Unity of Christians at the Council. It is suitable
to recall the important role played by the members of the Secretariat
for the Unity of Christians in the Council. Cardinal Bea entered
into official relations with the Masonic Jewish Lodge of B'nai B'rith
of New York in the United States. It was Cardinal Bea who drew up
the projects for the schemas on Religious Liberty, on the Jews,
on non-Christian Religions, on ecumenism, in collaboration with
Msgr. Willebrands, Secretary of the Secretariat, and Msgr. De Smedt
Vice-president of the Secretariat and reporter at the Council on
the Declaration on Religious Liberty.
formed part of the Vatican Commission for Judeo-Christian relations
and of the Commission which maintains relations with the ecumenical
Council of Churches, and -of the Commission which concerns itself
with relations with Moscow through the intermediary of the. Orthodox
Church of Moscow. To them are to be joined Cardinal Etchegaray,
Msgr. Maller, the Dominican Fathers de Contenson, Bernard Dupuy,
and a number of others. The influence of the Protestants of Taize
is not to be neglected either, who were able to come and go as they
liked in the Vatican. Nor should we forget the presence of six Protestant
pastors in the Liturgical Commission. The harmfulness of all these
Commissions is considerable. The Commissions are paralyzing all
the normal activity of the Roman Curia. The Rome of the Commissions
is the present active-day Rome, Modernist and Masonic. Popes Paul
VI and John Paul II have wanted these commissions and have become
their slaves just as they are prisoners of the Roman Synods, fruits
of the collegiality recognized by the new Canon Law. To read the
long article in the Dictionary of Catholic Theology, listed
in the index under the title "Ecumenism," and written
by Father Charles Boyer, S.J., who was the Secretary for the Secretariat
for Unity after Msgr. Willibrands, is very instructive in uncovering
the ecumenical spirit presiding over all the reforms.