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Marcel Lefebvre Consecrated as Bishop

Marcel Lefebvre, 1989

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Marcel Lefebvre is consecrated as bishop by Cardinal Achille Liénart, the same man who ordained him as priest back in 1929. Recently Lefebvre had already been appointed Vicar Apostolic of Dakar in Senegal by Pope Pius XII.

In Dakar, Lefebvre is responsible for an area that has a population well over three million, but only about 50,000 are Catholics.

Lefebvre will later break with the Vatican on account of the reforms made during the Second Vatican Council. Over the years, Marcel Lefebvre will consecrate hundreds of priests who agree with his traditionalist views, creating the first schism in the Roman Catholic Church since 1870.

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