|DECREE OF EXCOMMUNICATION|
|From the Office of the Congregation for Bishops,
1 July 1988.
Marcel Lefebvre, Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Tulle, notwithstanding
the formal canonical warning of 17 June last and the repeated appeals to
desist from his intention, has performed a schismatical act by the
episcopal consecration of four priests, without pontifical mandate and
contrary to the will of the Supreme Pontiff, and has therefore incurred
the penalty envisaged by Canon 1364, paragraph 1, and canon 1382 of the
Code of Canon Law.
Having taken account of all the juridical effects, I declare that the above-mentioned Monsignor Marcel Lefebvre, and Bernard Pellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta have incurred <ipso facto> excommunication <latae sententiae> reserved to the Apostolic See.
Moreover, I declare that Monsignor Antonio de Castro Mayer, Bishop emeritus of Campos, since he took part directly in the liturgical celebration as co-consecrator and adhered publicly to the schismatical act, has incurred excommunication <latae sententiae> as envisaged by canon 1364, paragraph 1.
The priests and faithful are warned not to support the schism of Monsignor Lefebvre, otherwise they shall incur <ipso facto> the very grave penalty of excommunication.
From the Office of the Congregation for Bishops, 1 July 1988.
Bernardinus Card. Gantin Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
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