August 27, 1986
Confronted with events taking place
in the Church that have John Paul II as their author and faced
with those he intends carrying out at Taize and Assisi in October,
I cannot refrain from addressing you and begging you in the name
of numerous priests and faithful to save the honor of the Church
never before humiliated to such an extent in the course of her
The speeches and actions of John
Paul II in Togo, Morocco, and the Indies cause a righteous
indignation to rise up in our heart. What do the Saints, the holy
men and women of the Old and New Testaments make of this? What
Holy Inquisition do if it were still in
He who now sits upon the Throne of
Peter mocks publicly the first article of the Creed and the first
Commandment of the Decalogue.
The scandal given to Catholic souls
cannot be measured. The Church is shaken to its very foundations.
If faith in the Church, the only ark of salvation, disappears,
then the Church herself disappears.
Is John Paul II to continue ruining
the Church, in particular at Assisi, with the planned procession
of religions in the streets of the town of St. Francis and the
sharing out of religions in the chapels of the basilica with a
view to practicing their worship in favor of peace as conceived by
the United Nations?
It is what Cardinal Etchegaray, in
charge of this abominable congress, has announced.
Is it conceivable that no
authoritative voice has been raised in the Church to condemn these
public sins? Where are the Machabees?
Eminence, for the honor of the one
true God and of our Lord Jesus Christ, make a public protest, come
to the help of the still faithful bishops, priests and Catholics.
Eminence, if I took the step of
contacting you it is because I do not doubt your sentiments in
I am also addressing this appeal to
those Cardinals named below so that eventually you may be able to
May the Holy Ghost come to your aid,
and please accept, Eminence, my devoted and fraternal greetings in
Christ and Mary.
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Emeritus
Bishop-Archbishop of Tulle
His Eminence, Cardinal Joseph Siri,
Archbishop of Genoa
His Eminence, Cardinal Paul
Zoungrana, Archbishop of Ouagadougou
His Eminence, Cardinal Silvio Oddi,
Former Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Rome
His Eminence, Cardinal Hyacinthe
Thiandoum, Archbishop of Dakar
His Eminence, Cardinal Alfons
Stickler, Librarian of the Vatican Library, Rome
His Eminence, Cardinal Edward
Gagnon, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Rome
His Eminence, Cardinal Pietro
Palazzini, Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
His Eminence, Cardinal Marcelo
Gonzalez-Martin, Archbishop of Toledo