This past Friday was the 25th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
is at this time that I wish to especially remember Archbishop Marcel
Lefebvre, who resisted the Second Vatican Council's false propositions
of ecumenism, religious liberty, and the altering of the Mass of All
Times. It is through his witness and the formation of the Priestly
Fraternity of St. Pius X (SSPX) that the Mass of All Times has spread.
And, I will venture to say that without Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's
role, the Traditional Latin Mass would have been at last forgotten and
no organized resistance to the change would have existed.
is Archbishop Lefebvre who has been slandered in recent years. The
cause of canonization of his saintly mother has long been forgotten.
Instead, in the words of Bishop Bernard Fellay during a sermon in Paris
following Archbishop Lefebvre's death said, "Archbishop Lefebvre has
gone, but the Mass is saved, the Catholic priesthood is saved..."
Because of his resistance to all of changes affecting all of the
Sacraments, the Society of St. Pius X is largely responsible for Pope
Benedict XVI's issuance of the motu proprio and then the clear
declaration that the Bishops of the Society of St. Pius X consecrated by
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre are not excommunicated.
In the words
of Father Franz Schmidberger at the Requiem Mass of Archbishop Lefebvre,
"The work of the Archbishop on this earth is accomplished. Now begins
his ministry as intercessor in eternity. He has given everything he
could give...the miracle of a new generation of priests."
Lefebvre only wished to teach that which he himself was taught in
seminary. He wished to hand on the Catholic faith as taught and
celebrated for the past centuries. And his resistance has directly led
to the establishment of the Ecclesia Dei Commission and the motu
proprio, Summorum Pontificum. I highly encourage the reading of Apologia Pro Marcel by Michael Davies as well as Open Letter to Confused Catholics and The Mass of All Times.
will finish with my testament. I would like that it be an echo of the
testament of Our Lord: a New and Eternal Testament...the heritage that
Jesus Christ gave us, His Sacrifice, His Blood, His Cross. I will say
the same for you: for the glory of the Holy Trinity, for love of the
Church, for the salvation of the world: keep the Holy Sacrifice of Our
Lord Jesus Christ! Keep the Mass forever!" (Archbishop Lefebvre, 23rd
"Amen, amen I say to you, that you shall lament
and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful,
but your sorrow shall be turned into joy" (John 16:20)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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