Archbishop's prudent foresight revisited


Bishop Lefebvre had a very great experience of the life of the Church and his response to the modernist crisis was of a wisdom that no one now disputes; except the current FSSPX, which likes to undo what the Founder had prudently and gradually built in order to be able to "hold" in the storm until Rome finally converted to Tradition and rejected the liberal errors consecrated by the fateful Second Vatican Council.

Indeed, Bishop Lefebvre did NOT want the members of his Fraternity to get involved too quickly in his priestly work. He perceived the risk of recruitment, whereas the young people who addressed him could just as easily have fulfilled their vocation in other clerical formation structures if the crisis had not affected almost all seminaries and religious congregations.

He was aware that many of these candidates were heading towards the Society of Saint Pius X at the time because they did not see any other possible way for them to respond to God's call.

This is what Bishop Lefebvre said to the seminarians on May 30, 1971 (NB: the oral style is respected):

I would also like to tell you, for the future, about the guidelines that are nevertheless useful to know. See, the Fraternity was made in particular circumstances, in tragic circumstances of the Church today, and therefore that is why these commitments are temporary for a certain time and which can allow those who have entered the Fraternity because of the current circumstances, because of the current circumstances, who might not have joined the Fraternity - besides, the Fraternity probably would not have existed at last if there hadn't been these circumstances - but who would rather have joined the Dominicans, the Jesuits, I don't know, the missionaries, a missionary Congregation if everything had been normal as in the past, so you wouldn't have found yourself together. I think that this vocation that you may possibly have in your heart: I would rather be a vocation of preacher, I would rather have a vocation of contemplative, I would rather have a vocation of missionary, I would simply have a pastoral vocation in the diocese, in my diocese I would have been happy to be parish priest, to be vicar in my diocese, simply of ministry, what of traditional ministry. Well, I think that throughout these years, once there will be enough of you, I have no problem with you obviously coming together spiritually and morally under the aegis of your directors of conscience, under the aegis of those who know you, seeking advice at last, but very gently, very gently, I would say a little bit like Father Libermann did at Issy-les-Moulineaux.*

But the new Superiors (as well as the members of the 2018 FSSPX Chapter) preferred to take a path contrary to Bishop Lefebvre's wisdom: that of forcing young people to commit themselves forever to the FSSPX, without which they could not receive ordination.

It is of course claimed to be in line only with the laws of the Church (yes, but "conciliar"!)....

In reality, the aim is to place these young people under the authority of this conciliar Church, which we now refuse to denounce and fight publicly (as proof, the "deadly" acceptance of jurisdiction over the sacraments). At the same time, there is an odious shop spirit of locking young traditionalists in the trap "outside the neo-FSSPX, no salvation for candidates for the priesthood".


* Since gone by the wayside too

(Emphasis added)

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