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I ACCUSE THE COUNCIL
by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
Taken from the PDF here.
A NOTE TO THE READER
By various means attempts have been made,are being made, and will continue to be made to discredit the value of the stand taken by HisGrace Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. We would be led, above all, to believe that he is a very minor theologian, often passed over and, of course, lacking qualifications. That is why, before becoming acquainted with the pages which follow, it is indispensable to put before thereader the moving testimony of Fr. V.A. Berto,whose eminence as a theologian is well known.
Fr. Berto was the private theologian of Archbishop Lefebvre at the Second Vatican Council and Secretary of the Coetus Internationalis Patrum (International Body of Fathers). In January 1964, the seminary at Ecône,Switzerland, did not yet exist. His spontaneous testimony (extracted from a letter to the superior of a religious institute of women, Jan. 3,1964), given before all the present controversy had erupted, lends more value to the “interventions” of Archbishop Lefebvre and will make the reader more aware of the theological competence of this courageous archbishop:
I had the honor, a very great and quite unmerited honor—and I say this before God—to be his theologian. The secrecy to which I am sworn covers the work I did under him, but I am betraying no secret in saying that the Archbishop is far superior as a theologian to me and would to God that all the Fathers had his knowledge of theology. He had a theological mind perfectly reliable and relative and his great piety toward the Holy See supplemented his natural ability. This allowed him, even before discursive thought could intervene, to discern intuitively that which is, and that which is not compatible with the sovereign prerogatives of the Rock of the Church. He in no way resembles the Council Fathers who, as one of them had the effrontery to boast publicly, took from the hands of an “expert” in the very car that was taking them to St. Peter’s, the “ready-baked” text of their intervention into the Council hall. Not once have I submitted to him a memorandum, a note, or a draft document, without his having reviewed, revised, re-thought, and sometimes re-worked it from top to bottom with his personal assiduous labor. I have not “collaborated” with him; I would say I have truly worked under him in accordance with my capacity as private theologian and in accordance with his honor and dignity as one of the Fathers of an ecumenical Council, Judge and Doctor of the Faith with the Roman Pontiff.
All footnotes, except those marked “Translator’s note” have been added by a professor at the seminary of Ecône to facilitate the reader’s understanding of the text. Boldfaced texts denote quotes from the Council’s preliminary schemas, or, from the documents of Vatican II.