Marcel Lefebvre

1905 - 1991

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Marcel François Marie Joseph Lefebvre (French: [maʁsɛl fʁɑ̃swa maʁi ʒɔzɛf ləfɛvʁ]; 29 November 1905 – 25 March 1991) was a French Roman Catholic archbishop, of strong traditional Catholic tendency. In 1970, he founded the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), a community to train seminarians, in the village of Écône, Switzerland. In 1988, he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church for consecrating four bishops against the express prohibition of Pope John Paul II. Ordained a diocesan priest in 1929, he had joined the Holy Ghost Fathers for missionary work and was assigned to teach at a seminary in Gabon in 1932. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marcel Lefebvre has received more than 490,206 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Marcel Lefebvre is the 546th most popular religious figure (down from 504th in 2019), the 664th most popular biography from France (down from 624th in 2019) and the 37th most popular French Religious Figure.

Marcel Lefebvre was a French archbishop who was suspended by Pope Paul VI in 1976. He was the founder of the Society of St. Pius X, a traditionalist Catholic group.

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Among religious figures, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 546 out of 2,272Before him are Scholastica, Francis of Paola, Seraphim of Sarov, Abbas ibn Ali, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and Rabanus Maurus. After him are Pope Romanus, Pope Severinus, Pope Boniface II, Theodora, Paul the Deacon, and Ibn Majah.

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Among people born in 1905, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 20Before him are Mikhail Sholokhov, Carl David Anderson, Felix Bloch, Vasily Grossman, Arthur Koestler, and Raymond Cattell. After him are Raymond Aron, Fred Trump, Guillermo Stábile, Artem Mikoyan, Emilio Segrè, and Max Schmeling. Among people deceased in 1991, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 24Before him are John Bardeen, Michael Landon, Lazar Kaganovich, Margot Fonteyn, Martha Graham, and David Lean. After him are Max Frisch, Oona O'Neill, Rajiv Gandhi, Henri Lefebvre, Ragnar Granit, and Claudio Arrau.

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Among people born in France, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 664 out of 5,234Before him are Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy (1528), Jeanne Hébuterne (1898), Thomas Bangalter (1), Magnentius (303), Paul Langevin (1872), and Suzanne Valadon (1865). After him are Alfred Kastler (1902), Raymond Aron (1905), Adam de la Halle (1245), Louis Renault (1877), Roger Garaudy (1913), and Hans Bethe (1906).


Among religious figures born in France, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 37Before him are Ansgar (801), Pope Nicholas II (990), Louis de Montfort (1673), Victor of Aveyron (1793), Peter Waldo (1140), and Luigi Lucheni (1873). After him are Clotilde (475), Charles de Foucauld (1858), Pope Stephen IX (1020), Célestin Freinet (1896), Jean-Baptiste de La Salle (1651), and Catherine Labouré (1806).