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He recounts a meeting with John XXIII, "Archbishop Lefebvre cared little about making a career for himself. However, seeing 'Good Pope John' trustingly and naively relating the setbacks of his own life gave him an insight into this easy-going Pontiff's liberal personality. 'You be careful,' John had warned him, but Marcel would take no notice since he was quite resolved to state the undiminished truth at all times." (Pg. 259) He adds, "Archbishop Lefebvre summed up ... in a pithy expression which horrified the liberals: 'Only truth has rights, error has none.'" (Pg. 310)
He observes, "opposition to Archbishop Lefebvre among a group of French priests only continued to grow. Some of them even left the congregation rather than remain under the authority of a superior whose stances they did not accept. The Archbishop did everything to stop these eight priests leaving, since their conduct was a bad example." (Pg. 351-352) Later, he confided to a friend, "if ever I have to leave the congregation, I will found a traditional seminary and in three years I will have 150 seminarians." (Pg. 375)
He relates that Archbishop Lefebvre considered that "one cannot generally say that the New Mass is invalid or heretical'; however, 'it leads slowly to heresy.'" (Pg. 463) He adds, "In 1975 he still admitted that one could 'assist occasionally' at the New Mass when one feared going without Communion for a long time. However in 1977, he was more or less absolute: 'To avoid conforming to the evolution slowly taking place in the minds of priests, we must avoid---I could almost say completely---assisting at the New Mass.'" (Pg. 464) Despite opposition, "the seminarians were perfectly at peace. The Archbishop... never attacked the individuals, especially not the Pope. Thus, they had complete trust in the Archbishop who had promised them, 'I will not abandon you!'... The Archbishop's answer to the suppression was to march on." (Pg. 483)
In 1976, he said in an interview, "The [Second Vatican] Council ... broke with the Church of the past. It is a schismatic council... If we are certain that the Faith taught by the Church for twenty centuries can contain no error, we are much less certain that the Pope is truly Pope. Heresy, schism, excommunication... or invalid election are all causes that can possibly mean the Pope was never Pope, or is no longer Pope... How is it that a Pope... who is assured of the help of the Holy Ghost, can officiate at the destruction of the Church---the most radical, rapid, and widespread in her history---something no heresiarch has ever managed to achieve?" (Pg. 487)
In a personal meeting with Paul VI, Paul said, "'You condemn me... It's intolerable!... Why do you not accept the Council? You signed the decrees.' 'There were two that I did not sign.'" [Mallerais adds in a footnote, "In fact the Archbishop signed all the acts of the Council."] Lefebvre said, 'You have the solution in your hands. You only need say one thing to the bishops: "Welcome with understanding these groups of faithful who hold to Tradition ... give them places to worship... Leave me my seminary. Let me carry out this experiment of Tradition. I truly want to have normal relations with the Holy See..." Paul said, "Dialogue is impossible," and left. (Pg. 491-492)
Mallerais laments, "Unfortunately, [Lefebvre's] words were not always listened to, and shoots that were once full of promise detached themselves from the tree and rejoined the Conciliar Church or sadly fell away... some priests and seminarians were attracted by sedevacantist theories that gave them reassurance in their extravagant or activist zeal, and broke away... ending up sometimes as deluded 'independent priests' divided among themselves..." (Pg. 516)
For anyone interested in the Catholic Church, the Traditionalist movement, Sedevacantism, or Lefebvre, this vastly informative book will be essential reading.