Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (Saint Lefebvre to the die-hard SSPX third order people) said the following:
"The Council has wanted to establish a new religion, a universal religion, to which all must belong, even those who do not believe in God." (Sermon, Ecône, Switzerland, June 29, 1976)
"The Second Vatican Council is the French Revolution in the Church." (Interview with Fideliter magazine, July-August 1989)
"Vatican II represents, both in the view of the Church and the world, a break with the Catholic past, with the doctrine, the liturgy, the spirituality, and the discipline of the Church. It is a new religion which has its own rites, its own priesthood, its own institutions, and its own catechism." (Open Letter to Confused Catholics, 1986)
Those are just a few examples.
While the Council did introduce many changes to the Church, it was intended to be a renewal of Catholicism rather than a rejection of it. The vast majority of Catholics today accept Vatican II as a legitimate ecumenical council of the Church and see it as an important milestone in the Church's ongoing development.
Lefebvre just could not let it go, could not accept that changes had been made.
In a letter dated November 21, 1974, Lefebvre expressed his concern about the "serious errors" that he believed were being promoted in the Church, including the "false ecumenism" that he saw as a departure from Catholic doctrine. He also expressed his opposition to the liturgical reforms of the Council, saying that they had "caused incalculable harm" to the Church.
In a letter dated November 21, 1976, Lefebvre again criticized the liturgical reforms of the Council, saying that they had "given rise to a profane, horizontal, and anthropocentric liturgy." He also expressed his opposition to the use of vernacular languages in the Mass, saying that this had contributed to a loss of reverence and respect for the Eucharist.
In a letter dated November 21, 1978, Lefebvre expressed his concern about the "grave errors" that he believed were being promoted in the Church, including the "false ecumenism" that he saw as a departure from Catholic doctrine. He also expressed his opposition to the new Code of Canon Law, which he said was "infected with liberalism and modernism."
So who is the one that the faithful are supposed to trust? A retired/suspended Archbishop's opinion? or the Magisterium and the Pope Paul VI?
Traditionalists want us to believe that Archbishop Lefebvre was above the council and the Pope in this case...that his opinion holds more weight vs the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic church.
Archbishop Lefebvre only confused and misguided souls. There is no "New Religion", There is no Novus Ordo church. We submit as Catholics in our profession of faith to accept the teachings from Vatican 2.
Don't let Archbishop Lefebvre confuse you anymore, the SSPX is not part of, nor sent by the Catholic church. If there is any "Novus Ordo church", it's the false counter church of Marcel Lefebvre...the SSPX.
Glory be forever!