Meg: Archbishop Lefebvre was not American, though he was, I understand, very fond of Americans in general. His biography, the one by Bishop de Mallerais, reveals that the Archbishop was looking seriously at sedevacantism. He said, "It is possible that we might have to say that the pope is not the pope." He didn't go that way, but it is not ridiculous
, as all the pagan seculars (I assume and hope you do not fall into that dreadful category) crow. You infer that the Europeans do not favor sedevacantism. That may be, but the Conciliar Revolution was like a great tidal wave, sweeping all opposition (including the good Archbishop) before it. Very, very few Catholics have had the nerve to say, "NO", to Vatican II. It took me almost 30 years to begin questioning the validity of the Council. Father Malachi Martin helped stir me into awareness. I know that he was pretty sketchy and that you had to take what he said or wrote with a grain of salt, but I loved him and he was brave and knowledgeable man.
Now, I place Father Wathen, God rest his soul, in the same vein as Archbishop Lefebvre. Both were good pre-Vatican II Catholics who loved the Faith. Both refused to embrace sedevacantism. Their error was, I believe and hope, forgiven by Jesus when they went before the Throne. RCG:farmer:.