I have some other commitments this upcoming weekend and as a result will not be able to join my fellow co-hosts Nicholas Wansbutter and Dr. Piers Hugill as they host a Restoration Radio episode on Archbishop Lefebvre.
This servant of the Church was indirectly responsible for many spiritual gifts that I personally have received - and he was dead before I ever came to Tradition so I never got a chance to thank him. That being said, sometimes that light of gratefulness can also make it difficult to confront some issues the Archbishop left unresolved, or at best, stayed ambiguous on. The world - and the Crisis - have moved on since 1991, and yet it's helpful to look back in order to figure out how to better move ahead.
John Daly, the French/English translating brain behind Tradibooks and monthly contributor to The Four Marks, will share his thoughts and observations in a lively conversation about the Archbishop and his legacy. The hosts, like me, have read both Bp. Tissier de Mallerais' biography of the Archbishop as well as Dr. David Allen White's short work, and as such bring a lot of context for this conversation.
The show will start at 2pm CDST (for a few more weeks anyway, until we get that blissful hour of sleep back and go back to CST).
The following is the last thing the Archbishop wrote for publication – three weeks before he passed to his reward.
Father Giulio Tam, a member of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X of Italian origin, who receives daily the “Osservatore Romano”, the official journal of the Roman Curia, has thought good, for the information of his confreres, to gather together the most significant passages from the discourses of the Pope and the Roman authorities about the most topical subjects.
The collection sheds such brilliant light on the doctrinal Revolution officially inaugurated in the Church during the Council and continued up to our days that one cannot help thinking of the “seat of iniquity” foretold by Leo XIII, or of Rome losing the faith foretold by Our Lady at La Salette.
The diffusion and adherence of the Roman authorities to the Masonic errors many times condemned by their predecessors is a great mystery of iniquity which ruins the Catholic faith in its foundations.
This harsh and painful reality obliges us in conscience to organise on our own the defence of our Catholic Faith. The fact of sitting in the seats of authority is no longer, alas, a guarantee of the orthodoxy of the faith of those who occupy them. The Pope himself now ceaselessly spreads the principles of a false religion, the result of which is a general apostasy.
We therefore give herewith the texts, without commentary, for the year 1990. Readers will be able to judge for themselves and by the texts of the Popes of before the Council.
Reading them amply justifies our conduct for the maintenance and restoration of the Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of His Holy Mother on earth as in Heaven.
The rer of Christianity is the priest, by offering the true sacrifice, by conferring true sacraments, by teaching the true catechism, by his role of vigilant shepherd for the salvation of souls.
It is around true and faithful priests that Christians must group themselves and organise the whole Christian life. All spirit of distrust towards the priests who merit confidence diminishes the solidity and the firmness of the resistance against the destroyers of the faith.
Saint John closes his Apocalypse by this appeal : “Veni Domine Jesu,” Come Lord Jesus, appear at length upon the clouds of Heaven, manifest Thine omnipotence. May Thy reign be universal and everlasting.
Écône, 4th March 1991
+ Marcel Lefebvre