Controversy and Discussion
||Was Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre a Freemason?
Brief Chronicle of Events
June 25, 2009: What Is the Order of Our Lady of Sion? - A reader discovers a strange website which claims Archbishop Lefebvre was Grand Master of a Masonic sect.
April 23, 2013: Masons in Écône - The sede-vacantist blog Today's Catholic World reprints the
1997 testimony of Christopher Shannon, a former SSPX seminarian. Shannon claims to have witnessed the "Sion Masonic Band" leading a Rogation Day procession at the SSPX Seminary. "Lefebvre is a Mason too, it's OK," fellow seminarians reassure him.
Revisiting the Question
June 13, 2019: "I Do Not Want to Be Led Astray" - After 10 years, TIA revisits the question of Lefebvre's suspected Masonry in light of new potentially damning information. A reader questions the validity of Lefebvre's priestly and episcopal orders, but TIA affirms: On this point, there can be no doubts.
June 18, 2019: TIA Clarification: After a general uproar among the defenders of Lefebvre, Mr. Patrick Odou, Secretary of TIA, brings clarity to the situation, asking for an honest analysis of the facts without emotional outbursts. Odou affirms: TIA takes no position favorable or opposed to the allegations. However, the personal attacks and bad language from the defenders of Lefebvre, as opposed to serious counter-argument, should be taken as an admission of guilt.
July 2, 2019: Characteristic of a Cover-Up: The traditional Catholic forum CathInfo is widely thought to be a haven of free speech. After a vigorous debate begins on the Lefebvre issue, however, forum owner Matthew McDevitt suddenly intervenes...
July 25, 2019: Objection: Arch. Léfèbvre Was Not a Mason: After weeks of angry nonsensical correspondence, embittered Lefebvrists change tactics and try to begin making actual arguments. In this article, TIA refutes multiple objections from different readers.
September 17, 2019: 'I am Convinced Msgr. Lefebvre Was Not a Mason': A bona fide reader finds herself confused. She sends her questions: Is it possible to authenticate the claims of Christopher Shannon? What about Bishop Williamson? Didn't Archbishop Lefebvre do good in spreading the traditional Mass? And, how could Lefebvre really be a Mason if he was friends with a major anti-masonic activist? TIA responds.
Articles in the Polemic
What Is the Order of Our Lady of Sion?
Masons in Écône
Was Msgr. Lefèbvre a Freemason?
Patrick M. Odou
"I Tried to Investigate Lefebvre & Was Banned"
Mark J. Williams
Objection: Abp. Lefebvre Was Not a Mason
"I Am Convinced Lefebvre Was Not a Mason"
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