"One thing I can pass on as a fact: The Econe affair
has split the Catholic resistance sharply. What is the significance for the future of the Econe movement? It will take into schism many of those who have been resisting the
Vatican II outrages."
-William F. Strojie Letter NO. 15, September
10, 1976 ECONE Part II"
"It has been the neatest of diabolic tricks to get both
the blind-obedience followers of Paul 6 and the Traditionalists to equate Paul 6 with the Papacy. The first group does this by approving or at least taking part in the destructive program of Vatican II and Paul 6, erroneously taking it to be the Law. The second
group looks for a Solution and Leader outside the Papacy, and sets aside such laws of the Church as found opposed to Traditionalist initiatives. One enterprising young Traditionalist
priest comes up with NECESSITY KNOWS NO LAW, grossly misrepresenting this from St. Thomas Aquinas, who applies it to a dying man’s need for
absolution. This twist of St. Thomas’s “Necessity knows no law” is in complete harmony with Montini’s action in completely
‘revising’ Canon Law. The Traditionalists see themselves as the Church, with the law as obstacle or advantage, depending on Traditionalist requirements of the day. In a talk at Portland, Oregon, an Econe priest (non-priest -TCW) repeated this idea, of Econe as the Church, several times; it was the main thrust of his talk,
full of questionable statements. I give here these exact words of his, uttered in criticism of the Cardinal in whose archdiocese the seminary at Armada, Michigan, is located: “to attack us is to attack the Church.” By “us” he
meant Archbishop Lefebvre and Econe, as the manifest divinely chosen new instrument of salvation, obvious answer to Traditionalist prayers. I marveled at the glib presumption of the young priest-speaker, but considered that he was only echoing headquarters.