The career of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991) began like a star in the ascendant. As a seminarian in Rome (1923-1930) he earned doctorates in philosophy and theology from the Gregorian University. After he was ordained a priest at the age of just 24 by the future Cardinal Lienart, he began his ministry as the second assistant priest at a working class parish but then changed direction and became a religious and a missionary with the Spiritans.
Missionary to Gabon, Archbishop of Dakar, Bishop of Tulle, Superior General of the Spiritans, Founder of the Society of Saint Pius X: the Archbishop's whole life was at the service of the Church. In 1988 he ensured that his work of restoring Catholic Tradition would continue by consecrating four bishops in Ecône, Switzerland.
What is the common thread running through the life of this prelate who claimed never to have acted impulsively on the basis of his personal ideas? What is the force that impelled that obedient Roman Catholic churchman—Roman in mind and heart—to confront the crisis in the Church? What is the unifying theme of his turbulent career? What sort of faith did that man have, who cited love for God, love for Jesus Christ, and love for the Church, as his reasons for standing firm for Tradition? Instead of considering him as the “rebel bishop,” should we not see him as a man led and guided by a providential plan for a salvific work?
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