In this climate
of divisions that are cropping up everywhere and are the work of the
devil, we must above all avoid fruitless discussions. God knows that
there are fruitless discussions among traditionalists. It is
continuing, and it is only getting louder and more widespread. Maybe
some of you have heard about the sorts of little pamphlets that are
circulating against me, against my Letter No. 16, against my travels,
my contacts with the pope and with Rome, havenít you?
know, it doesnít matter much to me, but it is unfortunate when it
comes from good friends, friends on whom you thought you could count
and who sometimes say exactly the same thing as the worst of the
progressives. Because I made these good friends treat me like a
traitor, because, supposedly, I am making compromises, I am abandoning
the Old Mass, handing the traditionalists over to Satan, etc.
Hereís what I
mean: when I arrived in Chile, there were articles in the newspapers
reporting that, ďCardinal Silva Henriquez says that Archbishop
Lefebvre is a traitor and a Judas.Ē Well, there you have the worst
of the progressives, donít you, Cardinal Silva Henriquez of Chile, who
was the friend of Allende [a Communist who became president of Chile -
Ed.], and then in contrast others who call themselves enemies
of these progressives who also say that I am a traitor just the same.
Well, you have to think that they are beginning to agree and that they
are Ė ultimately - closer to each other than they think.
In any case, if
that can add something to the little merit that I have, so much the
better. If it can add something... they say that I am Pilate. I
believe that I have not yet betrayed you. But I think rather that this
is like the men who spat on the face of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I
really think that that is so, because it is vile to say that I prefer
to avoid scandal than to defend the truth. You be the judges.
upset] by things that are being said now.... But they are all just
fruitless discussions. Leave the responsibility to those who say that,
all those who spread things of that sort, some of whom were raised in
this house. Anyhow - Lord have mercy! - I cannot enter into those
discussions.... the only thing that we have to do, what is essential
to our work, is to continue quite simply the Tradition of the Church.
The work, the building up of the Church by the catechism, by the
sacraments, by preaching, plainly and simply.
And if by our
prayers and our efforts we can manage to bring it about that instead
of being only a few thousand, letís say, traditionalists who are
faithful to Tradition, if we can manage, by breaking the iron curtain
that surrounds us and constrains us, to act in such a way that [there
are] millions and millions of souls and perhaps hundreds of thousands
of priests who again say and participate in the Sacrifice of the Mass
according to Tradition, the Mass of All Ages, I think that we are
obliged in conscience to do all that we can to attain that. If we
donít, we donít.
At least we will
have done all that we can, but that is the only goal that I have in
all these procedures that I will initiate with Rome. I have no other
goal than to try to break this iron curtain that constrains us and act
in such a way that millions of souls are saved because they will once
again have the source of grace in the true Mass and in the true
sacraments, in the true catechism, in the true Bible: well, I think
that we will not have wasted our time. And so I ask you to pray for
this. Next Tuesday I will be in a meeting with Cardinal Seper, and in
the afternoon there will be a private conversation with him, and I
will make every effort to try to convince him finally to act so that
the Mass of Our Lord, the true Mass, will truly have a place of honor
in the Church....