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The Society of St. Pius X and Antisemitism

How "good" people compartmentalize evil.

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Jeanette Pryor

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January 13, 2013 - 7:00 am

Growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, where ethnic diversity was the norm and personal Jewish friends were numerous, under the influence of members of the SSPX, at age 13 I accepted the conspiracy theory that the world is financially, politically, and culturally controlled by “the Jews.” Along with spiritual goals of religion, a key preoccupation of many Traditionalists is the re-establishment of Catholic political structures. The historical explanation given to me of how Catholic Europe was “corrupted with modern democracy” was that Freemasons, particularly the Jewish Masons, undermined the Christian States.

As a young woman in the SSPX, seeing “the Jews” as the hidden cause of “modern society” was as much a part of what it meant to be a Traditionalist as refusing to wear pants or believe in the Trinity. Having accepted the spiritual orientation of the SSPX mentors who appeared to be otherwise animated by the desire to love God, I didn’t stop to question their geopolitics.

My experience with antisemitism in the organization was not subjective; concrete examples of this orientation abound. Particularly in France I never heard distinctions made between “Jewish leaders,” as the U.S. superior suggests, and the Jewish people taken as a whole. The conviction resulting from my formation was not that “the enemy” was a handful of anti-Christian leaders who happened to be Jewish, but rather that the Jews were a monolithic entity, communally preoccupied with subjecting the world to anti-Christian domination.

The irrefutable indication of the Society’s true orientation towards antisemitism is notorious Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson. The prelate was expelled three months ago, but only because of disagreements with the SSPX concerning its relationship with Rome. For nearly forty years, superiors of the SSPX ignored Williamson’s vilification of the Jewish people. It is true the SSPX “silenced” the bishop following his public denial of the Holocaust, but prior to this exposure, nothing was ever done to remove him from posts of influence. Williamson’s over-arching obsession with the Jews was never publicly refuted or considered an obstacle to his directing the formation of young priests and faithful.

The antisemitism of the SSPX is at times explicit, but more often part of the accepted intellectual framework in which the group “fights the modern world,” of which the Jews are considered the primary architects. There is a crucial lesson to be learned here, one that coincides with the alarm raised by Tenenbom.

There are people attached to the SSPX who wholeheartedly embrace hatred of the Jewish people. Of far more serious concern and number are the priests and faithful who disagree with the antisemitism. These members are ashamed and angered by this ideology. They appeal in vain to their pastors, asking that offensive literature be removed from book stores and lamenting the difficulty of drawing family and friends to the “Faith” because of sermons and conferences that touch on this geopolitical aspect of the SSPX’s core thinking.

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Your readers to learn about Münchausen by Internet{1}. It is a pattern of behavior in which Internet users seek attention by feigning disease, illness, or psychological trauma to draw attention or sympathy to themselves.
Please read the article and consider the following:
The SSPX is not a cult, nor is it anti-Semitic. Read Marcia Rudin’s “Too Good to be True: Resisting Cults and Psychological Manipulation”. Here is an excerpt
Groups That Aren’t Cults
• are not deceptive; tell people what life in the group will be like; tell the real name of the group and its leadership.
• allow people time to think over their commitments to it carefully.
• respect the individual’s autonomy and independence.
• respond to critics respectfully.
• respect the family and one’s commitment to it.
• have built-in controls to watch over their leader(s), so behavior and abuses can be monitored and corrected.
Jeanette misleads the readership to believe that lay persons are members of the SSPX, it is a fraternity of priests, with supporting orders of sisters and monks (brothers, whatever you want to call them). Lay persons may attend mass and receive sacraments from the SSPX priests, but there are no memberships. I believe she was only a nun for 8 short years. So saying she was in this organization for 30 years is either an outright lie or accidentally misleading others. Was she allowed to think over her commitment? Frankly I never heard of anyone but her spending 8 years to decide whether or not to take their final vows as a nun. Her autonomy and independence were respected, she left the convent and chose her own life. No SSPX priest would ever interfere with someone’s family. Did they watch over their leader’s behavior? Yes, Bp. Williamson was corrected numerous times before finally being publicly expelled from the order several months before this article was published, another case of blatantly misleading the readers.
The SSPX is not a cult and the removal of Bp. Williamson, shows they are clearly not Anti-Semitic.
I commented much more previously and am disappointed all comments were deleted in the new system.

Try hard read this article with a discerning eye, don’t just blindly believe anything you read on the internet.
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Münchausen_by_Internet
and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Münchausen_syndrome
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