Letter of Mgr. Lefebvre to Cardinal Palazzini
14 September 1980
The interest which Your Eminence has shown towards a solution to our case touches my heart, and I thank you for it, the more so as despite all my goodwill, inexplicable delays continually defer the case to later dates.
There can be no doubt that your dedicated efforts are encountering strong opposition. Accordingly the unjust situation in which we are put continues with all its consequences for the Church and the salvation of souls. Those responsible for this sad state of affairs will answer for it before God.
This is why I beg you to be so kind as to send to the Holy Father this final declaration, which should at last allow the difficulties to be resolved. If I call to your attention only that part of my declaration that concerns the Council, this is because this problem is by far the most important and because the other points are subsumed into the first. I do this also to avoid giving rise to sterile polemics which risk delaying a solution still further.
It will soon be two years since the Holy Father entrusted this matter to Cardinal Seper. In the course of this period nothing has changed. It is clear that during this time our work has continued providentially to make progress, and groups of the faithful who are independent of us, and who intend to keep the Faith, have been growing in numbers considerably. It is accordingly inconceivable that this renewal of the Church should not be supported, encouraged and continued. To admit that the Holy Ghost is at work in this healthy reaction on the part of the faithful, will it be necessary to wait for whole countries to be deprived of priests, and for the majority of the faithful to have become indifferent, or atheists, or members of non-Catholic sects?
How can anybody imagine that we could abandon Tradition – which today brings forth, as it always has done, many holy vocations – in favor of novelties which produce none but bitter fruit, stifling souls and spreading only blasphemies and desecrations?
How could we state that we were wrong to maintain Tradition and to refuse to participate in the "self-destruction of the Church”? If our seminaries are praiseworthy it is precisely because they reject novelties. Furthermore, diocesan seminaries can be considered as sound to the extent that they distance themselves from these novelties.
In the hope that Your Eminence will succeed, with the help of God and grace, in obtaining from the Holy Father a solution that will be just and beneficial for the Church, I ask you to deign to allow me to express my feelings of respect and heartfelt gratitude in Christo et Maria.