The Archbishop Speaks
Letter To Each of Eight Cardinals
Econe, August 27, 1986
Confronted with the events taking place in the Church that are coming from John-Paul II, and confronted with what he proposes to do in Taize and Assisi in October, I cannot help addressing myself to you, in order to beg you in the name of numbers of priests and faithful, to save the honor of the Church being humiliated as she has never before been humiliated in all her history.
The speeches and actions of John-Paul II in Togo Morocco, India and the Synagogue of Rome, fill our hearts with righteous indignation. What do the holy men and women of the Old and New Testaments think of all this? What would the Holy Inquisition do, if it was still in existence?
The very first Article of the Credo and the first of the Ten Commandments are being outraged in public by the occupant of the See of Peter. Incalculable scandal is being given to Catholic souls. The Church is being shaken to her very foundations.
If faith in the Church as the one and only Ark of Salvation disappears the Church herself disappears. All her supernatural strength and activity are based upon this Article of our faith.
Is John-Paul II going to continue wrecking the Catholic Faith, in public, especially at Assisi, where a procession of religions is due to follow him through the streets of St. Francis' home-town, with the religions then spreading out amongst the Basilica's chapels to practise their worship in favor of peace as it is understood at the United Nations? That is what is being announced by Cardinal Etchegaray, the organiser of this abominable Congress of Religions.
Is it conceivable that no voice of authority is speaking out within the Church to condemn these public sins? Where are the Machabees of today?
Your Eminence, for the honor of the one and only true God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, make a public protest. Come to the help of the bishops, priests and faithful who are still Catholic.
Your Eminence, if I have taken the liberty of making this approach to you, it is because I cannot doubt how you feel in this matter.
I am addressing this appeal to each of the eight Cardinals here named, to enable you, if you so wish, to take joint action.
May the Holy Ghost come to your aid, your Eminence, and be so good as to accept the expression of my fraternal and devoted sentiments in Jesus and Mary.
+ Marcel Lefebvre
Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Tulle