Instigated by Satan… Dom Lefebvre and Explicit Baptism of Desire.

St. Irenaeus :- ‘that this class of men have been instigated by Satan to a denial of that baptism which is regeneration to God, and thus to a renunciation of the whole [Christian] faith.’


One thousand eight hundred years ago, Saint Irenaeus understood that an attack on the Catholic teaching about baptism was the means by which Satan attacks the Catholic Faith in order to destroy it. Why did the Church ever forget this lesson?

The truth of this must be now evident to everyone except the spiritually blind. Since Vatican II when the dogmas of the Faith regarding the necessity of baptism with water for salvation and Faith were  denied, the Catholic Church and the Catholic Faith have been destroyed.

From Dom Lefebvre’s “Open Letter to Confused Catholics”


“Baptism of desire can be explicit. Many times in Africa I heard one of our catechumens say to me, “Father, baptize me straightaway because if I die before you come again, I shall go to hell.” I told him “No, if you have no mortal sin on your conscience and if you desire baptism, then you already have the grace in you.”

  1.  Here Dom Lefbvre denies the dogma of the Faith which is that baptism with water and the Holy Ghost is necessary for our salvation. In doing so he denies the Church’s doctrine on Original Sin and the necessity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ’s humble redemptive sacrifice.  Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans 6, 3:4  ‘Know you not that all we, who are baptized in Christ Jesus, are baptized in his death? [4] For we are buried together with him by baptism into death; that as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life. [5] For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.’
  2. For Dom Lefebvre a man in the state of Original Sin can go to heaven if he desires baptism, but not if he has committed a mortal sin. Dom Lefebvre implies that mortal sin is more grievous than Original Sin. But a mortal sin can be absolved by a priest in the sacrament of Confession, if the sinner is truly repentant. To redeem mankind from Original Sin required the humble Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ .
  3. In Chapter VI of his “Open Letter To Confused Catholics”, Dom Lefebvre states:-‘For a sacrament to be valid, the matter, the form and the intention are all needed.  The Pope himself cannot change that.  The matter is of divine institution; the Pope cannot say “tomorrow we will use alcohol for the baptism of infants, or milk.” Neither can he change the essential of the form. There are essential words. For example, one cannot say, “I baptize thee in the name of God,” because God Himself has settled this form:  “Thou shalt baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”’ Link

Where then is the matter, form and intention in this new sacrament which is Baptism of Desire, a sacrament that was not instituted by Our Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate?

According to Dom Lefebvre a person can receive the grace of baptism by simply desiring it. Why can’t this novel teaching be applied to the other sacraments? Perhaps, I really want to get married, I have done the course but die before the ceremony takes place, do I die a married man?

Perhaps I want to take Holy Orders and have completed the training but die before the actual ordination ceremony, do I die a priest?

5. Dom Lefebvre did not understand Catholic teaching on salvation because a baptized Catholic can still go to Hell even if he hasn’t committed a mortal sin, especially for the vice of spiritual pride. And what is the root of the denial of Our Lord’s very clear teachings on the necessity of baptism with water and Faith for salvation but spiritual pride? The idea that we, mere humans, understand God’s doctrine of salvation better than God Himself.

“Because nothing so alienates men from the loving kindness of God, and gives them over to the fire of the pit, as the tyranny of pride. For when this is present with us, our whole life becomes impure, even though we fulfill temperance, chastity, fasting, prayer, almsgiving, anything. For, Every one, says the wise man, that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord. Proverbs 16:5 


6. By stating that men in a state of Original Sin can go to Heaven and that this state is not as grievous than the state of  mortal sin, Dom Lefebvre undermines the Church’s doctrine regarding the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, the Mother of God. Because if people in a state of Original Sin can go to heaven then the fact that Our Lady was conceived without the stain of Original Sin is not such a unique distinction after all.

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