Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre – Defender of the Catholic Church


The following is a selection of powerful quotes from Archbishop Lefebvre, Founder of the SSPX and great defender of the Church of God.  The words of this great man are worth meditating on.

What he said on Freemasonry bears repeating today.  There are Freemasons in the Vatican.  If he said this in 1986, what would he say now, seeing them in power and attempting to destroy the Church at this very moment?

“It’s very difficult to say, “This man is a Freemason,” “This man is a Freemason,” or “This man is a Freemason.” We don’t know. It’s very difficult. It is certain that there are some cardinals, some bishops, cardinals in the Curia, or monsignors or secretaries of congregations in Rome that are Freemasons. That is certain because the Freemasons themselves have said that. They have said that they have in their lodge some priests and bishops. It is certain that there are some cardinals and many monsignors in Rome who do the same work as the Freemasons; they have the same thinking, the same mind.”  ~Archbishop Lefebvre, 1986 interview, St. Michael’s Mission, Atlanta, GA

“The See of Peter and the posts of authority in Rome are being occupied by anti-Christs, the destruction of the Kingdom of Our Lord is being rapidly carried out even in His Mystical Body here below… This is what has brought down upon our hearts persecution by the Rome of the anti-Christs. This Rome, Modernist and Liberal, is carrying on its work on the destruction of the Kingdom of Our Lord, as Assisi and the confirmation of the liberal theses of the Vatican on Religious Liberty prove…”  ~Archbishop Lefebvre, Letter to the future Bishops, Aug 29, 1987

“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 theclip_image004help 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.  ~Archbishop Lefebvre

We are accused of being excommunicated when we are really “excommunicated” by Freemasonry.

“So we are to be excommunicated by Modernists, by people who have been condemned by previous popes.  So what can that really do?  We are condemned by men who are themselves condemned…” ~Archbishop Lefebvre, Press conference, Ecône, June 15 1988

The devil’s greatest victory is to have undertaken the destruction of the Church without making any martyrs. But the Church against her past and her Tradition is not the Catholic Church; this is why being excommunicated by a liberal, ecumenical, and revolutionary Church is a matter of indifference to us.”   ~Archbishop Lefebvre, June 29, 1979 Ordination Sermon

What is Vatican II?  The Archbishop tells us:

Vatican II was “the letting loose of the forces of evil for the ruin of the Church.” ~Archbishop Lefebvre, “The Council or the Triumph of Liberalism”

This is what he would say about the Synod Fathers:

“Those who worked to disarm the truth and surrendered it to error bear a heavy responsibility.”~Archbishop Lefebvre, “I Accuse the Council!”

Other quotes from the Archbishop:

“I accept the Rome of all time with its doctrine and with its Faith. That is the Rome we are following, but the Modernist Rome which is changing religion? I refuse it and I reject it. And that is the Rome which was introduced into the Council and which is in the process of destroying the Church. I refuse that Church.”  ~Archbishop Lefebvre

“The Catholic faithful have a strict right to know that the priests to whom they have recourse are not in communion with a counterfeit Church which is evolutionary, pentecostalist, syncretist.” ~Archbishop Lefebvre

“Ecumenism is not the Church’s mission. The Church is not ecumenical, she is missionary. The goal of the missionary Church is to convert. The goal of the ecumenical Church is to find what is true in errors and to remain at this level. It is to deny the truth of the Church.” ~Archbishop Lefebvre, April 14th, 1978

“Two religions confront each other; we are in a dramatic situation and it is impossible to avoid a choice, but the choice is not between obedience and disobedience. What is suggested to us, what we are expressly invited to do, what we are persecuted for not doing, is to choose an appearance of obedience. But even the Holy Father cannot ask us to abandon our faith.” ~Archbishop Lefebvre

What are we to do in the face of the destruction of the Faith?

clip_image006“We hold firmly with all our heart and with all our mind to Catholic Rome, Guardian of the Catholic Faith and of the traditions necessary to the maintenance of this faith, to the eternal Rome, mistress of wisdom and truth. We refuse on the other hand, and have always refused, to follow the Rome of Neo-Modernist and Neo-Protestant tendencies which became clearly manifest during the Second Vatican Council, and after the Council, in all the reforms which issued from it.”  ~1974 Declaration of Archbishop Lefebvre

“In so far as the new Church separates itself from the old Church we cannot follow it. That is the position, and that is why we maintain Tradition, we keep firmly to Tradition; and I am sure we are being of immense service to the Church.” ~Archbishop Lefebvre

What did the Archbishop believe?

“We believe in the One God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, and we will always remain faithful to His unique Spouse, the One Holy Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church.” ~Archbishop Lefebvre, letter to Cardinal Gantin, July 6, 1988

“Even if I am alone, and even if all my seminarians leave me, even if I am abandoned by the whole of public opinion, it is all the same to me. I am attached to my catechism, attached to my Credo, attached to the Tradition which sanctified all the saints in heaven.  I am not concerned aboutclip_image008others – they do as they wish; but I want to save my soul. Public opinion I know too well: It was public opinion that condemned our Lord after acclaiming Him a few days before. First Palm Sunday, then Good Friday. We know that. Public opinion is not to be trusted at all. Today it is for me, tomorrow it is against me. What matters is fidelity to our faith. We should have that conviction and stay calm.”  ~Archbishop Lefebvre

In a 1987 letter to the future Bishops of the Society, the Archbishop said:

“The main purpose of my passing on the episcopacy is that the grace of priestly orders be continued, for the true Sacrifice of the Mass to be continued, and that the grace of the Sacrament of Confirmation be bestowed upon children and upon the faithful who will ask you for it.

I beseech you to remain attached to the See of Peter, to the Roman Church, Mother and Mistress of all Churches, in the integral Catholic Faith, expressed in the various creeds of our Catholic Faith, in the Catechism of the Council of Trent, in conformity with what you were taught in your seminary. Remain faithful in the handing down of this Faith so that the Kingdom of Our Lord may come.

Finally, I beseech you to remain attached to the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, to remain profoundly united amongst yourselves, in submission to the Society’s Superior General, in the Catholic Faith of all time, remembering the words of St. Paul to the Galatians (1:8-9): “But even if we or an angel from heaven were to teach you a different gospel from the one we have taught you, let him be anathema.”

As we have said before, now again I say: “if anyone teaches you a different gospel from what youclip_image010have received, let him be anathema.” My dear friends, be my consolation in Christ Jesus, remain strong in the Faith, faithful to the true Sacrifice of the Mass, to the true and holy priesthood of Our Lord for the triumph and glory of Jesus in heaven and upon earth, for the salvation of souls, for the salvation of my own soul.”

The words of the Archbishop could be expounded upon and fill up entire books. I can’t do him justice but I can never praise this man enough for saving the Holy Faith and the Mass.  We need his intercession now, more than ever.

As Benedict XVI said, the Archbishop really was “a great man of the Universal Church.” ~Pope Benedict XVI

He only held fast to tradition and passed on what he had received.

Viva Archbishop Lefebvre!

“The True, Traditional Latin Mass, is the heart of the seminary, of the priest, of the Church, of the Gospel, of Our Lord. St. Pius V saw this well: the True Ancient Mass is also faith’s barrier against heresy.” ~Archbishop Lefebvre, November 23rd, 1972

The Archbishop is finally getting the recognition that’s long been overdue:




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