|Death: ||Feb. 27, 1988|
Friar Michel Louis Guérard des Lauriers OP., was a Dominican Theologian and a Traditionalist Catholic Bishop.
An Agrégé in Mathematics, Guérard des Lauriers entered the Order of Friars Preachers in 1926, and was ordained to the Priesthood in 1931. He became a Professor of Philosophy at the famous, clerical Dominican University of Le Saulchoir in Belgium in 1933. Under Pope Pius XII, Fr. Guérard des Lauriers served as a Professor at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, serving as an Advisor to the Pope on the Dogma of the Assumption of Mary - Munificentissimus Deus. Between 1954 and 1955 he served as Personal Confessor to Pius XII, before being replaced by Future Cardinal, Augustin Bea SJ.,
With the advent of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960's, Guérard des Lauriers became concerned with the events taking place in the Church. In 1969, he co-authored the Ottaviani Intervention which was a Critical Study of the New Mass. In 1970, Pope Paul VI made public a document demanding the resignation of certain Conservative Professors at the Pontifical Universities of Rome, among them Guérard des Lauriers.
He then became a Lecturer and Professor at Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's St. Pius X Seminary in Ecône, Switzerland, presenting some years later his thesis that the Chair of Peter might be vacant because Pope Paul VI was guilty of heresy. Because of this view, Lefebvre removed Guérard des Lauriers from his Seminary teaching post in 1977.
He further developed his beliefs on the current state of the Papacy, relying on Cardinal Cajetan and Saint Robert Bellarmine, arguing that Pope Paul VI, as a result of his heresy, was not a true Pope, being only Pope materially and not formally, known as the Cassiciacum Thesis.
Guérard des Lauriers further believed that the New Rites of Ordination and Episcopal Consecrations following the Pontificále Románum, the new forms by promulgation of June 18, 1968, promulgated by Pope Paul VI were doubtfully valid and therefore it was necessary to take action to secure a valid succession of Bishops for the preservation of the Roman Catholic Church. He began discussions with Dr. Eberhard Heller and Dr. Hiller, German Sedevacantist Activists who were harboring Most. Rev. Ngô Ðình Thuc Pierre Martin (1897 - 1985), the Former Archbishop of Hue, Vietnam, and after Guérard des Lauriers agreed to abate his Sedeprivationism and adhere to the theoretical tenets of Sedevacantism, it was agreed that Archbishop Emeritus Ngo Dinh Thuc would consecrate him as a Bishop.
Accordingly, after long consideration, on May 7, 1981, Guérard des Lauriers received his Episcopal Consecration from Msgr. Ngo Dinh Thuc, in Toulon, France. Shortly afterwards, Guérard des Lauriers reiterated his Sedeprivationism and commenced a Polemical War with the Sedevacantists, including Ngo Dinh Thuc and Drs. Heller and Hiller.
Bishop Guérard des Lauriers died in Etoilles, France, on February 27, 1988, at the venerable age of 90.
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