The Society of St. Pius X and Antisemitism

Anticipating objections, the SSPX Superior in America issued this press release:

During a 2-hour conference given in Ontario, Canada on December 28th, 2012, Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society St. Pius X, commented on the relations between the Holy See and the SSPX during the last two years.

During the conference Bishop Fellay stated “Who, during that time, was the most opposed that the Church would recognize the Society? The enemies of the Church. The Jews, the Masons, the Modernists…”

The word "enemies" used here by Bishop Fellay is of course a religious concept and refers to any group or religious sect which opposes the mission of the Catholic Church and her efforts to fulfill it: the salvation of souls.

This religious context is based upon the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the Holy Gospels: “He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.” (Matthew 12:30)

By referring to the Jews, Bishop Fellay's comment was aimed at the leaders of Jewish organizations, and not the Jewish people, as is being implied by journalists.

Accordingly the Society of St. Pius X denounces the repeated false accusations of anti-Semitism or hate speech made in an attempt to silence its message.

Because of my thirty years in the SSPX before leaving in 2008, I knew this denial of the organization's antisemitic world-view was patently misleading. I resisted writing a response. In the middle of the night my husband's radio, like Marley's Ghost, clanked its own recrimination - an interview of journalist Tuvia Tenenbom by talk-show host John Batchelor about the book I Sleep in Hitler's Room: An Amerian Jew Visits Germany.

Reviewed at PJ Media by Bruce Bawer and National Review Online by Jack Fowler, Tenenbom's chronicle of his six-month assignment in Germany deeply disturbs. Expecting to enjoy the company of enlightened, successful, and pacifist natives, the author was horrified to discover that antisemitsm is a nearly ubiquitous, barely concealed focal point of contemporary social perspective in Germany.

Hearing the extent to which Nazi ideology still thrives in Germany shocked me. It shouldn't have. I understand how and why people accept the tenets of antisemitism and that letting go of it is not primarily the work of logic and reason, but rather of correcting the emotional imbalances that are "filled" by this hateful doctrine.