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SSPX website: “Judaism is inimical to all nations in general”

If the Vatican hoped the controversy about the SSPX would just quietly go away, well, it won’t.

The Society’s official website has some eye-opening, jaw-dropping statements that indicate that anti-Semitism isn’t just a passing fancy with one or two members.

America’s Jim Martin posted this item this morning:

Is anti-Semitism a pattern that pervades the Society of St. Pius X, or is it simply a bigotry expressed by only a few members?


The Society’s website indicates the former. This appalling article, entitled “The Mystery of the Jews,” is still on their official American website, as of this morning (Saturday).

It includes these comments, which read less like a modern theological reflection on the Jewish faith and more like Mein Kampf. For the record, the article was written in 1997:

“It is public knowledge that the Jewish sector, relatively small compared to the Gentile sector which devotes itself to the creation of wealth, controls especially the financial power that is exercised through banks.”

“Then these Jews, in the name of their Law, their Torah, and to serve the material interests of their nation and race, demanded the blood of Him who had been promised them as their blessing. They stirred up the Gentiles against Jesus. Using them to carry out their plans, they crucified the One who was to be raised up as a “sign of contradiction”.


“Judaism is inimical to all nations in general, and in a special manner to Christian nations.”

“Catholics are not to enter into commercial, social, nor political relations which are bound hypocritically to seek the ruin of Christendom. Jews must not live together with Christians because this is what their own Jewish laws ordain and also because their errors and material superiority have virulent consequences among other peoples.”

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Wm Riley

posted January 31, 2009 at 12:22 pm

It appears that for some of them we must bend down and wash their feet, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. In every act of reconcilliation there will be messy things that have to be healed, such is our broken nature. The same is true here, unless we wish to only stand with the older brother on the prodigal’s return.Pax,Will

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posted January 31, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I have been close with members of SSPX for years and this is a disturbing trend. They need to be corrected on this, but they soon will have just the shepherd to do this. You can imagine that Pope Benedict has dealt with his share of Holocause deniers. Now, if ony he could re-educate the Catholic-in-name-only Congressmen who remprimanded him for lifting the excommunication of Bishop Williamson. These hypocrites regularly vote to have millions of unborn babies put to death in this nation with our tax dollars and dare to point the finger!

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted January 31, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Will…True enough. But the prodigal was repentant. Blessings,Dcn. G.

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Wm Riley

posted January 31, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Deacon Greg,True, very true.Yet, I am reminded that the father did go off to his son while he was still far off.I think a great deal of prayer is needed and fraternal correction. I do not think, however, we can generalize, from either + Williamson or this link, that the whole community is impaired with this grave problem.I think that the healing of this schism will result in the hothouse atmosphere of the SSPX opening up to some needed fresh air.I enjoyed reading your homily, by the way.Pax,Will

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posted February 1, 2009 at 12:36 am

From Rorate Caeli:…Shame on you, “Liberal Catholics”, Pharisees of the “New Springtime”! You proclaim to tolerate all, and to respect diversity, but you loathe those whose only wish is to preserve the purity of what was always taught and of the prayers that were always offered, because their continued presence in the Church contradicts the new “house” you tried to build.Shame on you, “Progressives”, official Scribes of the “Spirit of the Council”! You build monuments to the “Good Pope John”, but reject all that he stood for, in traditional doctrine and in liturgical beauty. You hail Paul VI, but have done all you could to ignore his greatest magisterial document, Humanae Vitae, and discredit him in the eyes of the world. You maligned John Paul II every single day of his pontificate, but now you praise him, for you have found your new scapegoat – Benedict XVI, a man who, as his last work on earth, has accepted the heavy burden of the Fisherman, trying to bring unity to the flock God entrusted him.You crucify Peter in the global public square. You deliver him to the enemies of the Church of Christ. You hate him for his struggle to rehabilitate what the Church has always believed and the way the Church has always prayed. You persecute him for he removed the scarlet sign of “excommunication”, which you used to despise, but which you now view as good! You hypocrites! You are accommodating towards abortionists and you pander to politicians dedicated to the culture of death – but you misrepresent Peter’s legitimate gesture of mercy as an act of uninformed weakness. Liberal serpents, pseudo-Conservative vipers, you are “witnesses against yourselves” for your relentless persecution of Peter. Yet, Peter will keep working for unity with charity, charity in Truth. Those who love the Vicar of Christ will keep praying daily for him, so that he “will not flee for fear of the wolves”, so that he may persevere in the mission he set out to accomplish. What about you? “Your house shall be left to you, desolate.” source:

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steve p

posted February 2, 2009 at 12:25 am

This rebuke rings true enough, and the Holy Father will be subject to plenty of ignorant criticism from those both inside and outside of the Church.But along the lines of Dcn. Greg’s recent post on Church PR, there is much more that could have been done here.And to all outside appearances, this is not just a lone outspoken fringe lunatic of SSPX. If you want to waste a few hours on the internet, you’ll find all sorts of this anti-Semitic garbage among various schismatic sedevacantist sects.Reconciliation and correction for SSPX? Absolutely! But the appearance of tolerating this hatred undermines the Church’s witness to the rest of the world. It will require much more frequent, forceful and public denunciation of these views, or the Holy Father’s mission of mercy may do more harm than good.

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