FSSPX.News is happy to publish Archbishop Lefebvre’s sermon in Venice on April 7, 1980.
In the city where Joseph Sarto reigned as patriarch before he was called to become pope under the name of Pius X, the prelate of Ecône explains the purpose of the Society of St. Pius X in the complex situation of the Church today.
Archbishop Lefebvre draws on his experience to explain how he continues to teach and work for the good of the Church as the Church has always done.
He refuses, however, to espouse the revolution that is underway, the changes being made with a spirit of novelty that deviates from the Catholic spirit. He particularly denounces the new Mass which no longer expresses the mystery of the true sacrifice of Christ and which is emptying seminaries and novitiates, causing the spirit of Our Lord to be lost. He also denounces the new catechisms that misrepresent the Faith and no longer transmit it to children.
Far from falling into a Protestant or schismatic spirit, Archbishop Lefebvre makes a clear distinction between the Church and the men of the Church. He affirms clearly that “for the good of the Church, we must resist, without being against the one who holds the authority. Never.” Similarly, we must always cultivate “great respect for the Holy Father, the bishops, and the cardinals”.
That is why Archbishop Lefebvre went frequently to Rome to convince the authorities of the soundness of his work: “We must keep the Faith in this tempest that the Church is going through”, despite the unjust condemnations, particularly the illegal suppression of the Society of St. Pius X, for which he demanded justice.
The work of the Society of St. Pius X is at the service of the entire Church, not only to halt her ruin but also to rebuild her around the priest and the altar.