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Was Msgr. Lefèbvre a Freemason?

I Do Not Want to Be Led Astray

Good evening,

I was wondering if you could help me. These times are so confusing and it is hard to know who to trust any more. I do know that I trust the information found on Tradition in Action.

I was wondering if you had heard about the accusations of Freemasonry against Bishop Lefebvre? Or that his ordination was somehow invalid because the one who ordained him was himself a freemason?

You have such a wealth of resources and learned writers I figured that you were the only ones I could turn to. I've linked the articles (here and here). I stopped reading them because I did not think it was wise for me to continue. I do not want to be led astray.

     Thank you,


TIA responds:

Good evening A.V.,

We thank you for your trust and for sending the links to these articles.

They were written by defenders of the “Siri theory:” these Catholics believe that John XXIII was not a valid Pope; instead, the pope elected in the conclave of 1958 was Card. Giuseppe Siri, whom they call Gregory XVII. After the death of Card. Siri, they believe the legitimate pope is Gregory XVIII, another ecclesiastic whose baptismal name is not revealed.

We did not know that some processions that went from Sion to Écône were/are preceded by a Masonic band. The eyewitness of Mr. Christopher Sparks Shannon and the detailed description he offered of the event in which he participated has the appearance of truth. However, in order to not impose any conclusion, but rather let our readers judge for themselves the value of his report, we reproduce below a snapshot of the article you sent us.

You asked us if we had heard of similar accusations. Yes, 10 years ago we had to deal with a similar accusation, which pretended that Archbishop Lefebvre had been a Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, a Masonic order that allegedly was founded in the times of the Crusades. We went through the documents available at that time and could not come to an indisputable conclusion, as you may read here.

Nonetheless, the fact that Msgr. Lefebvre chose to establish the headquarters of SSPX in the village of Écône, which is in walking distance from the village of Sion, makes one wonder whether this is just a coincidence or has some occult links with the Priory of Sion.

Also, the fact that SSPX calls their chapels “priories,” which is a term more appropriate for chivalric orders, instead of churches or chapels, seems to confirm the suspicion that the Priory of Sion is not just a theoretical hypothesis raised by writers, but in fact exists. It may reflect that the SSPX could be a façade for another reality that lies behind the scenes and is its driving force.

Regarding the alleged invalidity of the ordination of Marcel Lefebvre as a priest and as a Bishop because Card. Achille Liénart was a Freemason, we do not have conditions to enter this dispute. There are so many canonical problems involved that we believe that no one without official authority can pretend to have the last word in this case.

We think Msgr. Marcel Lefebvre was a valid priest and Bishop, but the final response to the canonical objections against his ordination and consecration could only come from the proper Dicastery of the Holy See – which we believe is the Roman Rota – in a future time when Progressivism will be swept out of the Vatican and honesty and sanctity will return to it.

We hope this answer may help you.


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Posted June 13, 2019
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