November 2005 - District Superior's Letter

We celebrate 100 years since the birth of the Archbishop and 35 years of the SSPX. Was the Archbishop the prelate mentioned by Our Lady of Quito? What are the fruits of Archbishop Lefebvre's fidelity to the truth? Believing in God's charity for us was the motto of Archbishop Lefebvre and it's charity that guides the present relations with Rome.

Dear Faithful,

100th anniversary of Archbishop Lefebvre's birth
Nos credidimus caritati. Indeed we have believed the charity, which God hath to us (1 Jn. 4, 16) and in the way God manifested his charity to us during the 20th century. During this month of November we celebrate the manifestation of the charity of God: 100th anniversary of the birth of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (Nov 29, 1905) and the 35th anniversary of the Society of St Pius X (Nov 1, 1970).  Where would we be, where would the Church be without this great man?

Archbishop Lefebvre: Prelate spoken of by Our Lady of Quito
We thank God for sending to his Church the prelate, no doubt, spoken of by our Lady of Quito [1] : the prelate who will restore the spirit of her priests… We shall endow this dear son of mine with a rare capacity, a humility of heart, a docility to divine inspiration, the strength to defend the rights of the Church, and a tender and compassionate heart, so that, like another Christ, he will assist the great and the small, without despising the less fortunate who ask him for light and counsel in their doubts and hardships.

While churchmen were destroying the Church and bringing about the “silent apostasy” by their aggiornamento, their adapting the Church to the modern world, their trying to please other religions, by rejecting the magisterium of previous popes, by rejecting the liturgy, and their numerous scandals, he built it up by simply and calmly doing what the Church had always done.

Fruits of the fidelity of Archbishop Lefebvre
Without Archbishop Lefebvre and his little society the victory of modernism, ecumenism, secularism over the Church would be complete. How many young people, because of him, have heard the call of our Lord to follow Him fulfilling their vocation to the priesthood or the religious life?  Vocations which would have otherwise been lost or worse entirely corrupted in the modern seminaries and convents.  How many priests have returned to the Mass of their ordinations?  If the true Mass is still offered, if the true sacraments are still dispensed, if the true priesthood of our Lord is still transmitted, if the true religious life is still found, if the true teaching of the Church is still taught, it is owed in great part to him.  Without Archbishop Lefebvre there would be no Society of St Peter, indult Mass.  Absolutely no attention would be paid to all those Catholic faithful who feel attached to some previous liturgical and disciplinary forms of the Latin tradition. (Ecclesia Dei)

We have believed in the Charity of God
His Episcopal motto was indeed the summary of his episcopate.  My little children, let us not love in words, nor in the tongue, but in deed and in truth. (1 Jn. 3,18)  True charity is not in nice words.  It is in truth and in deeds.  This is what prevents charity from being hypocrisy.  Vatican II charity is hypocrisy.  Speak to them about other religions, they are as sweet as honey.  Speak to them about traditional Catholics and see what happens.  Ecumenism is hypocrisy because it is not grounded in truth and in deed.  It does not preach the necessity of the one, true Church of Christ for salvation; it does not seek to make them enter the one fold of Christ but rather lets those who are outside remain outside.  It is the “politically correct” charity which says nothing but nice, empty, deceiving, and treacherous words and leaves people in their error.  This is not the charity of Christ who came to teach us that “no man cometh to the Father, but by me;” (Jn. 14, 6) who sent his Apostles to teach the nations whatsoever he had commanded for their salvation because “he that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.”  (Mk. 16, 16)

Archbishop Lefebvre loved God and his neighbour in truth and in deed.  In truth: in the total acceptance of the complete revelation, in the truth of the one true Church of God outside which there is no salvation; he was not afraid to tell non-Catholics they had to convert to be saved.  He loved in the truth of the social kingship of Christ the King without which society becomes a jungle.  And he was not afraid to affirm it even before cardinals and popes.

He loved in the deeds of his missionary life, in the deed of preserving the immemorial Sacrifice of the Mass of all times, in the deed of the formation of true priests, in the deed of preserving the true religious life, in the deed of giving true bishops to the Church, in the deed of coming to the rescue of faithful Catholics by setting up priories all over the world where they can receive true valid sacraments, receive the true unadulterated teaching of the Church, in the deed of the retreat  houses and in the deed of catholic schools.

I think we will really only know on the day of judgement all that this man did, the fruits of his fidelity.  I don’t know if he himself foresaw all that would come from his steadfast fidelity to his duty as a bishop and his refusal to compromise.  It shows what good God can draw from just one man who is faithful despite the trials and adversities.  It shows that we simply have to do our duty and let God take care of things. We can only imagine what would have happened if more bishops would have remained faithful without compromise.  His principle was simple: follow Providence, don’t precede it.  If all his spiritual sons, instead of taking matters into their own hands, had followed his example, the Society would be a greater army than what it is.

Charity in Truth
People ask why does Bishop Fellay go meet with the Pope and the cardinals?  It is useless, they are modernists and they will not change. For the same reason Archbishop Lefebvre did: charity.  The charity of telling them the truth.  It is charity to remind these men of the mess they created in the holy Church, of the scandals they have caused.  To remind them of the faith they ought to preach and to try to bring them back to it.  As Archbishop Lefebvre used to say: if there is one place the truth should be affirmed it is in Rome above all. 

Thank you for your continued fidelity.  Without your support the work could not continue.  We need your prayers and sacrifices. You are the instruments God and His blessed Mother use to continue the Church. As usual the monthly Mass for friends and benefactors will be offered on the last Sunday of the month.

With continued prayers and my blessing,

Fr. Jean Violette



[1] A Spanish Mystic in Quito: Sor Mariana de Jesus Torres by Msgr Luis E. Cadena Y Almeida.  Published by The Foundation for a Christian Civilization Inc. P.O. Box 249 Mount Kisco NY 1990