Saturday, January 4, 2014

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, and Bishop Richard Williamson all agree: Vatican II is not Catholic

I often say that when I sat down to do my interview with Bishop Tissier in 2006 I could never have guessed what would happen next.  Eight years later, and on the day that we release Archbishop Lefebvre’s1976 American conference (in English) to a public that mostly has never heard the Archbishop speak, much less in English, I remember that all I have done since the Bishop Tissier interview is follow the consequences of His Excellency’s assertions.

Bishop Tissier called Joseph Ratzinger a heretic.  How could someone be a heretic and be pope, I wondered?  More importantly, what was the role of Vatican II, which far superseded in importance the role of one particular papal claimant or another? 

Bishop Tissier (2006):  “You cannot read Vatican II as a Catholic work…one day the Church should erase this Council.  She will not speak of it anymore.  She must forget it.  The Church will be wise if she forgets this council…as a blank – tabula rasa.”

Bishop Williamson (2009): “The documents of Vatican II are much too subtly and deeply poisoned to be reinterpreted.  The whole of a partly poisoned cake goes to the trash can.”

Archbishop Lefebvre (1976):  “I never…I don’t accept the Council!  Because you are destroying the Catholic State in the name of the Council!  It is sure!  It is evident!...This Council gives the same rights to error as to Truth!  That is impossible…This new faith, it is a new religion.  It is a protestant religion.  That is a fact!  How is it possible that the Pope gives the authorization to this change?  How it is possible that the pope can sign this constitution (on liturgical change)?  It is a deep mystery…If I take the position of the Council, I am betraying my Mother Church.”

Here are three Catholic bishops, all of whom have studied these matters far more than the average layman  has – and certainly more than Bishop Fellay and some other leaders within the SSPX.  The problem is that none of these three bishops – including the Archbishop in his lifetime – have followed the logic behind their very strong assertions.  And the best the Archbishop could come up with?  Saying that the contradiction was a "mystery."  It may have been a fair answer not even 7 years after the Novus Ordo was promulgated, but it doesn't cut it in 2014.  

The following conclusions can be drawn from the statements of these three bishops:

How can the Catholic Church – the spotless bride of Christ – promulgate error?

Answer: It cannot.  It is protected from doing so!

Then from whence does Vatican II come?

Answer:  Not from the Catholic Church.

Then who are the people who are in charge of this “new religion”?

Answer: Usurpers and Corrupters of the Catholic Faith.