Showing posts with label Archbishop Lefebvre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Archbishop Lefebvre. Show all posts

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Vatican II Revolution Reexamined

 By David Martin

While the gale force of the post-conciliar tempest continues to uproot the Faith, dislodge morals, blow apart revered traditions, topple the Church's edifice, and spread doctrinal debris throughout the Church, there are those who insist that the problem today isn’t due to Vatican II but to a “misinterpretation” of the Council.

Unfortunately, misinterpretation had nothing to do with this, for this revolution was the result of years of careful planning. We might see the conciliar documents as the blueprint for this plan. The ambiguities, omissions, and outright errors in the documents were deliberately calculated by progressivist theologians and bishops who intended to exploit these errors in the text after the Council closed.

If we have lay people today assuming priestly functions as “Eucharistic ministers,” it’s because Vatican II defines the laity as a “common priesthood.” (LG 10) If the Church today ecumenically dignifies other religions, it’s because Vatican II says that “Christ has not refrained from using them as means of salvation.” (UR-3) Clearly, there was a plan for change in the works.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pope Has Read Archbishop Lefebvre’s Biography, And Liked It

From Rorate Caeli:

With the current pope, as he is a practical man, he looks at people. What a person thinks, what he believes, is at the end a matter of indifference to him. What matters is that this person be sympathetic in his view, that he seems correct to him, one may say it like this.

And therefore he read twice Bp. Tissier de Mallerais' book on Abp. Lefebvre, and this book pleased him; he is against all that we represent, but, as a life, it pleased him. When, as a Cardinal, he was in South America, the District Superior [Fr. Christian Bouchacourt] came to ask him for an administrative favor with no relation to the Church; a visa problem, of permanent residency. The Argentine government, which is very leftwing, makes use of the concordat that was established to protect the Church to bother us quite seriously, and tells us, "you say you are Catholic, it is thus necessary for you to have the signature of the bishop in order to reside in the country." The District Superior therefore went to him to present the problem: there was an easy solution, and that would be to declare ourselves an independent church [before Civil Law], but we did not want to do it because we are Catholic. And the Cardinal told us, "no, no, you are Catholic, that is evident; I will help you;" he wrote a letter in our favor to the government, that is so leftwing that they managed to find a opposing letter by the nuncio. Therefore, a 0-0 tie. Now he is the pope, and our lawyer had the opportunity of having a meeting with the Pope. He told him that the problem was still going on with the Society, and asked him to please designate a bishop in Argentina with whom we could sort out this problem. The Pope told him, "Yes, and this bishop is myself, I promised to help, and I will do it."

I am still waiting for it, but anyway he said it, just as he said that, "those people there, they think I will excommunicate them, but they are mistaken;" he said something else that was very interesting: "I will not condemn them, and I will not stop anyone from visiting them [lit. 'd'aller chez eux'.]" Once again, I will wait to see. 

[Source: French District of the SSPX]

Saturday, September 15, 2012

France: Screening of Film About Archbishop Lefebvre

On Saturday the 29th of September, the film Marcel Lefebvre, Archbishop in stormy times will be shown in public for the first time. This film retraces the life of the founder of the Society of St. Pius X based on the unpublished testimonials of those who knew him, including numerous documents from the archives. This screening will be in Paris, in the presence of Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, at the Grand Rex at exactly 4 p.m.
The March-April 2012 issue of Nouvelles de Chrétienté took its readers behind the scenes of the filming of this exceptional documentary. Jacques-Régis du Cray, author of the script inspired by the biography of Abp. Marcel Lefebvre written by Bp. Bernard Tissier de Mallerais (published in French by Clovis, in English by Angelus Press), described the purpose of the film: “To make known to the multitude, and not just to the faithful of the Society of St. Pius X, a personage through whom we comprehend the crisis in the Church.
As we do not wish to limit our audience to French-speaking people only, the film will be available in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Polish.” After the public showing on September 29 in Paris, the film “will be sold in DVD format and will be distributed by several vendors, including Clovis.”
Grand Rex Cinema, 1 Boulevard Poissonnier, 75002 Paris –Metro: Bonne Nouvelle –Saturday, September 29 at exactly 4 p.m. Admission: 12 Euros, reduced price: 8 Euros, free for priests and religious. –Tickets can be reserved online at
Nouvelles de Chrétienté #134, “Behind the scenes of the movie about Abp. Lefebvre”: 3.50 Euros.—Can be ordered at CIVIROMA 33, rue Galande, F-75005 Paris (Source:—DICI #260 dated September 14, 2012)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Disciple of +Lefebvre: Benedict's Liturgical Renewal is Tridentine

(Paris)  In the French publisher Godfroy de Bouillon is a book about Pope Benedict XVI's changes in the Liturgy reform since the beginning of his pontificate.  The author of the book it he priest Paul Aulangier.  The book contains more of his preliminary steps to put the theme together and serves as a knowledgeable synopsis of the last seven years of liturgical renewal.   The basic starting point of the introduction is the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of 2007, which had reintroduced the classical form of the Roman Rite as the "extraordinary form" in the Church and had set it next to the "ordinary form".  Aulagnier showed the steps leading to how the "Old Mass" had experienced its return in the Church since its implementation through the Motu Proprio.

The author did not only deal with the question as to how Summorum Pontificum was implemented, rather also the previous history as to how it became the Motu Proprio.  Already in 1986 a commission of Cardinals appointed by the Pope then expressed itself for the return of the Tridentine Mass and also that the Pope did not stand against it.  Some Bishops Conferences wanted therefore to prevent the entire enterprise with all of their resistance.   So the Church had to wait till 2007 when the recognition of the Mass of All Ages was possible.

Aulagnier has published and analyzed all of the important documents  and came to the conclusion that Pope Benedict XVI, with his reform of the reform, envisioned in the future on the other hand only a single form of the Roman Rite one next to each other.   The Pope wrote already in the Motu Proprio about the "mutual enrichment".  In the concepts themselves which were still recognized by the hierarchy, there is a deferment taking place, which shows a shift in language toward appreciation for the "Old Mass".   Benedict XVI's goal is that he wants that both forms intermix and become one and do this from Tradition.  Where Pope Benedict has persistently since the beginning of his pontificate taken the steps of liturgical renewal, this is Tridentine, says Aulagnier.

The author shows that Benedict XVI would have undertaken the renewal more quickly with more steps, but there was strong resistance from the ranks of the Bishops, those of the French and the German episcopate before the publication of the Motu Proprior Summorum Pontificum, and this resistance is still there, although it is weaker.  The Pope had slowed his pace, because he wanted to win and convince.

Perhaps more importantly, said Aulagnier, as the papal documents are the Pope's  model for the practical implementation of the reform. There is an "educational" approach of the Pope by his example, that would be slow, but it has an extension throughout the world. The number of  sites where the Old Rite is offered take place everywhere. Nevertheless, during this pontificate no substantial change in the Missal of Paul VI was accomplished., from which you can see from the new translation of the Missal into English from. Aulagnier closes with a reference to a speech by Bishop Athanasius Schneider in Paris over the five wounds of the liturgy. The author says that it was long difficult to imagine that two Missal would co-exist equally, it still needs many steps to overcome this situation.

A book that understands itself as "an inventory", will be  much discussed. The author, Paul Aulangier was one of those seminarians in the French Seminary in Rome, who turned for help in the post-conciliar period to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and followed him. Consecrated in 1971 by Archbishop Lefebvre as a priest, he was among the founding members of the Society of St. Pius X. From 1976 to 1994 he was the District Superior of France and was involved instrumentally in building the Brotherhood in their "home country".  In 2004 he was expelled from the SSPX because he supported the unification of the Apostolic Personal administration of St. John Vianney in Brazil with the Holy See. Father Aulagnier founded the Institut du Bon-Pasteur, a new home which Pope Benedict XVI been established as an institute of pontifical right.

Link to katholisches original...

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Real Meeting Between Saint Padre Pio and Archbishop Lefebvre

What the archbishop wrote about his meeting with Padre Pio

From the Society website:

On August 8, 1990, Archbishop Lefebvre wrote a personal letter to a Society priest in France who had written to ask him about the meeting with Padre Pio. Here are extracts from the letter:

For several years now this slander, a fabrication from start to finish, has been circulating in Italy. I have already refuted it, but lies die hard; there is not one word of truth in the page of that magazine you photocopied for me.

The meeting which took place after Easter in 1967 lasted two minutes. I was accompanied by Fr. Barbara and a Holy Ghost Brother, Brother Felin. I met Padre Pio in a corridor, on his way to the confessional, being helped by two Capuchins.

I told him in a few words the purpose of my visit: for him to bless the Congregation of the Holy Ghost which was due to hold an extraordinary General my Chapter meeting, like all religious societies, under the heading of aggiornamento (up-dating), meeting which I was afraid would lead to trouble...

Padre Pio kissing Archbishop Lefebvre's ring.

Then Padre Pio cried out. 'Me, bless an archbishop, no, no, it is you who should be blessing me!' And he bowed, to receive the blessing. I blessed him, he kissed my ring and continued on his way to the confessional...

That was the whole of the meeting, no more, no less. To invent such an account as you sent me the copy of calls for a satanic imagination and mendacity. The author is a son of the Father of Lies

Thank you for giving me the chance to tell once more the plain truth.

Most cordially yours in Christo et Maria,

+Marcel Lefebvre

Link to

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Interesting Photograph of Archbishop Lefebvre in Society of Good Shepherd Sacristy

Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos in Institute Sacristy

Interesting Picture

France on the 25th of June: Curial Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos ordained one priest and four Deacons for the Institute of the Good Shepherd in the 240,000 population city of Bordeaux. A user on the Traditionalist website '' published a photograph with Cardinal Castrillon in the Sacristy of the Institute and a large portrait of the Founder of the Society of St. Pius X, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1991) hanging in the back ground.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Father Schmidberger on the 20th Anniversary of Msgr Lefebvre's Death

The Society of Pius X must warn against aberrances, mistakes and betrayals, which are publicly in the Church.

( The Society of Pius X is not the work of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre († 1991), rather "a work of the Church, in the Church for the Church".

Father Franz Schmidberger explained this on the Feast of the Annunciation [25 March] on the 20th anniversary of the death of Msgr Lefebvre in a sermon at Ecône.

Archibishop Lefebvre was an instrument of divine providence.

Fr. Schmidberger sees the Society as a work of the Church and as a reflection of the four marks of the Church -- "one", "holy", "catholic" and "apostolic".

The Society lives in unity with the Church of all Centuries.

Father Schmidberger cited an expression Msgr Lefebvre told the Seminarians at Ecône:

"Go into the library, and look at what is there, what we teach you here. It is nothing else than the voices of the Popes, than the declarations of the Councils, than the published writings of the theologians. Nothing else.

And if you were brought here for some other reason, then leave this house. Because you are not at the right place."

Msgr Lefebvre underlined that the Society is unted with the rest of the Church in the celebration of the Holy Mass of All Ages.

In his sermon, Fr. Schmidberger explained that Prelate Klaus Gamber († 1987), the director of the Liturgical Institute in Regesburg, once showed hhim a copy of a Mass book of St. Bonifacius († 754).

It was about the canon of the Mass-- said Father Schmidberger: "It was exactly the same Canon that we will celebrate right here in the Holy Mass."

The Pus Must Come Out

Father Schmidberger exclaimed that Archbishop Lefebvre wanted , "to build a Christianity in miniature".

The Society must remain true to the work of Msgr Lefebvre:

"We must always call attention to the aberrances and errors, on the betrayals and the compromises, which are revealed here and there."

This occurs not from a "spirit of criticism, rather this spirit happens from a love of the Church."

Because the puss must flow from the wound in order for it to heal.

The Society of Pius X is a Preserve for the Restoration

Msgr Lefebvre had, as Father Schmidberger reports it, "built a small army of workers."

In the Society there is a "power, which can't be found anywhere else but in an ecclesiastical organism."

"But the Pope and the Bishops must call us."

The Father is coninced, "that God has given to us in the Society -- for the present time-- a completely extraordinary Grace."

Kreuz, original, here...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Anniversary of Msgr Lefebvre's Death

The Society of St. Pius X’s District of Switzerland invites all the faithful to come to Econe on March 25, 2011, for the 20th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

10:30 Sung Mass. Fr. Franz Schmidberger, District Superior of Germany and former Superior General of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X will preach in French and in German.
12:00 Ceremony at the grave.
13:00 Picnic lunch (a warm soup will be served to all)
14:00 Memories of the life of Archbishop Lefebvre

Séminaire International Saint-Pie X
CH-1908 Riddes
Tel: (0)27 305 10 80

Read article, here at DICI.

H/t Marie at AQ

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"The Smallest of Our Deeds Engender Completely Disproportionate Reactions": Bishop Fellay on Rome and Society

The General Superior of the SSPX: "It is still seemingly difficult to talk about the relations of the Society with Rome."
Bishop Fellay Celebrates the Office of the German District Pilgrimage to Fulda

( Forty years ago --on 1. November 1970-- the Society of Pius X was errected by the former Bishop of Freiburg, Genf und Lausanne, François Charrière († 1976).

 With that the General Superior of the Society of Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, at the end of a letter to friends and benefactors.

"Who would have ever suspected that we would have covered such a distance as we have?" -- he began.

Conflict and Tests are Not Bad

 Msgr Fellay recalled the words of Cardinal Silvio Oddi  († 2001).  This one explained the foundation for the situation of the Society of Pius X then, that those founders, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre († 1991) had done with "too great a love for the Church".

The General Superior explained that the Faithful of the Society carry the principles, which are dearest to the Church, deep in their hearts:

"They hesitate to contradict, to rebel, the revolution and never the less they appear, from the beginning to end, as rebels".

The Society will, "Exactly because of our obedience" be punished, "especially because of our dependence on the truth, which was always defended by the Church and because of our resistance to the errors, for which we will be condemned."

The General Superior continued: "The smallest of our deeds engender completely disproportionate reactions".

And: "could one conceive of greater preparations, if it were required, to protect himself from the Devil?"

At the same time the Bishop was joyful that his Society could tkae part in the sufferings of Christ.

He recalled then, that the Church on earth is a militant Church.

For all times the spiritual masters saw the test as a good sign -- as well as a sign of divine approval.

At that time you didn't belong to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

Msgr Fellay suggested in his letter that the past forty years described by Archbishop Lefebvre have been affirmed.

What he said then, is also valid for today: "if one followed his instructions, then the Church would surely recover."

Actually: "If one sees what happens in the Church -- even when here and there there are small shafts of light --- one must hold fast that the ship has progressed on its entire course, which has gone with the Second Vatican Council -- given, being slowed by Benedict XVI."

Msgr Fellay compares the ecclesiastical decline with a "free fall,  which has been slowed by a parachute."

The Cult of Man from the Council Bears no Fruit

Msgr Fellay recalled the teaching of the Social Reign of Christ, which lay especially close to the heart of Archbishop Fellay.

The civil society must be interpenetrated with the Christian rights, with which the soul can most easily find eternal blessedness.

The General Superior regreted that the Conciliar Church had confused the Kingdom of God with a cult of man.

He insisted that the successes of the last years show a certain regression: "It is till now still easy, but for all that very true."

No one doubts that the Society could deliver an important lecture:

"But it is still seemingly difficult,  to give something concrete in answer to questions about relations of the Society with Rome"

Read further... original...

Here's the Superior's Letter in English: here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Photos of Autumn Meeting of German Distcrict of the SSPX

On Monday, the 6th of November the yearly Autumn meeting of the Priests of the German District took place. There were priests present from the Society of St. Pius X who are active in Germany. Father Schmidberger, the District Superior of the Society, held a lecture. Many priests report from the Apostolate, Father Franz Josef Maeßen especially, who celebrates this year his 25th Priestly Jubilee, gave a talk in which he motivates Priests, to continue on, remaining true to the work of Archbishop Lefebvre.

Photo Gallery for the evenet, here at Society's German District Website...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A New Film About Archbishop Lefebvre

English languages site for the upcoming release of the Archbishop Lefebvre film, "A Bishop for the Church."

French Trailer