Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Antisemitism and the Society of Saint Pius X

(Photo: February 1, 2012 visit of Bishop Richard Williamson to SSPX St. Michael's church in Farmingville, NY)

It has been years since I have written about the topic of antisemitism and the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). The story of my association and rejection of the SSPX was published with the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism in an article entitled, "Traditional Catholicism and the Teachings of Bishop Williamson".   I spent the next few years after my 2010 article blogging about this topic and informing high level SSPX associates of the ongoing problem with radicals in the SSPX. While I was always told the right things like, 'The SSPX is trying to get rid of the radicals', little concrete public action was taken. One key example I provided to the SSPX, out of many examples, was the case of the antisemitic beliefs of the acting principal of the SSPX school in Farmingville, NY. The principal's, Thomas B. Gabriele's, antisemitic ideology can be seen in the pamphlet he coauthored, "Modern Wars".

Even after having been warned, the officials of the SSPX did not fix the problem. As of April of 2016, Gabriele was still engaged in the same activity. This gave rise to the parents of one of the students in the Farmingville SSPX "school" filing a lawsuit. It was the SSPX's tacit approval of individuals like Gabriele that lead me to stop informing the SSPX hierarchy of what I uncovered since they must have been in favor of this activity despite their press releases against antisemitism.

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