Was Archbishop Lefebvre Really Excommunicated? - The Remnant
Another thoughtful article by Chris Jackson.
Worth a good read, especially as we approach the 'end' of the synod.
In thinking about Archbishop Lefebvre and the congregation he founded (SSPX in case there is any doubt), a lot of people react violently with the 'died excommunicated', schism and now heresy retorts.
Ultimately, they believe that the response of Archbishop Lefebvre to this crisis of the Church was wrong.
I have to ask: Wrong about what?
That the Tridentine Mass was never abrogated!
Sorry, the Archbishop and SSPX (as well as all other Traditional Catholics) have been vindicated on that charge.
They 'reject' the Novus Ordo Missae!
On what grounds? That it is a 'banal' product that is the absence of a due good. No biggy there eh?
All they (SSPX) are doing is repeating the conclusions of the Bishops who rejected it when the proto-Mass was demonstrated for them.
After 40 years, objectively they are right. It is a banal fabrication that stands in stark contrast to the Tridentine Mass that is a multi-dimensional profession of faith.
In the end, they will be proven right because the SSPX simply acknowledges the reality of the situation.
They 'reject' the Council!
That is a strawman argument.
The SSPX has four simple points that they see are in contradiction to pre-conciliar magisterium. Again they are admitting the reality of the matter. Eventually, some Pope will also accept reality for what it is and not what he wishes it to be.
Everything else they see as being either ambiguous (read: Accept with the pre-conciliar interpretation) or aligned with pre-conciliar Magisterium.
Of course, even that can't be allowed ... can it?
I wonder why?
Courtesy of the Remnant