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THE 1974 DECLARATION
OF ARCHBISHOP LEFEBVRE

made at Econe, Switzerland on November 21, 1974  (Appendix I)

On November 11, 1974, two apostolic visitors from Rome arrived at the International Seminary of Saint Pius X in Econe.  During their brief stay, they spoke to the seminarians and professors, maintaining scandalous opinions such as, the ordination of married men will soon be a normal thing, truth changes with the times, and the traditional conception of the Resurrection of our Lord is open to discussion.  These remarks prompted Archbishop Lefebvre to write this famous Declaration as a rebuttal to Modernism.

We hold fast, with all our heart and with all our soul, to Catholic Rome, Guardian of the Catholic faith and of the traditions necessary to preserve this faith, to 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 were clearly evident in the Second Vatican Council and, after the Council, in all the reforms which issued from it.

All these reforms, indeed, have contributed and are still contributing to the destruction of the Church, to the ruin of the priesthood, to the abolition of the Sacrifice of the Mass and of the sacraments, to the disappearance of religious life, to a naturalist and Teilhardian teaching in universities, seminaries and catechectics; a teaching derived from Liberalism and Protestantism, many times condemned by the solemn Magisterium of the Church.

No authority, not even the highest in the hierarchy, can force us to abandon or diminish our Catholic faith, so clearly expressed and professed by the Church’s Magisterium for nineteen centuries.

“But though we,” says Saint Paul, “or an angel from heaven preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema” (Gal. 1:8).

Is it not this that the Holy Father is repeating to us today?  And if we can discern a certain contradiction in his words and deeds, as well as in those of the dicasteries, well we choose what was always taught and we turn a deaf ear to the novelties destroying the Church.

It is impossible to modify profoundly the lex orandi without modifying the lex credendi. To the Novus Ordo Missae correspond a new catechism, a new priesthood, new seminaries, a charismatic Pentecostal Church —all things opposed to orthodoxy and the perennial teaching of the Church.

This Reformation, born of Liberalism and Modernism, is poisoned through and through; it derives from heresy and ends in heresy, even if all its acts are not formally heretical. It is therefore impossible for any conscientious and faithful Catholic to espouse this Reformation or to submit to it in any way whatsoever.

The only attitude of faithfulness to the Church and Catholic doctrine, in view of our salvation, is a categorical refusal to accept this Reformation.

That is why, without any spirit of rebellion, bitterness or resentment, we pursue our work of forming priests, with the timeless Magisterium as our guide. We are persuaded that we can render no greater service to the Holy Catholic Church, to the Sovereign Pontiff and to posterity. 

That is why we hold fast to all that has been believed and practiced in the faith, morals, liturgy, teaching of the catechism, formation of the priest and institution of the Church, by the Church of all time; to all these things as codified in those books which saw day before the Modernist influence of the Council. This we shall do until such time that the true light of Tradition dissipates the darkness obscuring the sky of Eternal Rome.

By doing this, with the grace of God and the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and that of Saint Joseph and Saint Pius X, we are assured of remaining faithful to the Roman Catholic Church and to all the successors of Peter, and of being the fideles dispensatores mysteriorum Domini Nostri Jesu Christi in Spiritu Sancto.  Amen.

 
 OTHER ARTICLES RELATED TO THIS TOPIC
ARCHBISHOP LEFEBVRE'S JUNE 1988 PUBLIC STATEMENT AGAINST FALSE ECUMENISM
Written originally in 1983, it was not made public though until the Episcopal Consecrations in June 1988


TWO YEARS AFTER THE CONSECRATIONS
A conference given by Archbishop Lefebvre on September 6, 1990 to his priests in Econe, Switzerland that brilliantly summarizes the reasons for the Society's position and the status of Catholic Tradition in light of the 1988 Consecrations

ONE YEAR AFTER THE CONSECRATIONS
An interview made by Fideliter with Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre about the state of the SSPX, the Church and Catholic Tradition one year after the 1988 Consecrations

CAN OBEDIENCE OBLIGE US TO DISOBEY?
A statement made in March 1988 by Archbishop Lefebvre regarding obedience to the pope

THE 1988 CONSECRATIONS SERMON OF ARCHBISHOP LEFEBVRE (Appendix V)

Letter #68, September 05
The Centenary of the Birth of Archbishop Lefebvre

APRIL 2001 DISTRICT SUPERIOR'S LETTER
10th Anniversary of the passing of Archbishop Lefebvre

A LETTER TO POPE JOHN PAUL II FROM ARCHBISHOP MARCEL LEFEBVRE
AND BISHOP ANTONIO DE CASTRO MAYER

Composed and signed by both bishops on August 31, 1985, this letter summarized the condition of the Church, how false ecumenism is contrary to Church teaching, and how it is causing a crisis in the Church

ARCHBISHOP LEFEBVRE PREPARING THE COUNCIL (1959 - 1962)
A brief story by Bishop Tissier de Mallerais on Archbishop Lefebvre's participation in Vatican II

THE LONG ISLAND CONFERENCE
Given in 1983 in Long Island, NY, the Archbishop outlines why he maintained relations with Rome, and the betrayal of the Church by various churchmen.

THE ROLE OF THE PRIESTLY SSPX IN THE HEART OF THE CHURCH
Given in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1981 by Archbishop Lefebvre, this conference covers the SSPX's place in the Church to form priests and also in combating Modernism. He also speaks about the efforts of both the traditionalists and liberals during the Second Vatican Council

THE JUBILEE SERMON OF ARCHBISHOP LEFEBVRE (Appendix IV)

 
 

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