This comment on Fr Smuts’ blog about Bishop Fellay, superior of the Society of St Pius X, calling the Jews the “enemies of the Church” is worth reading. Friends used to joke with me in private, calling them the “Waffen SS – PX”! Those priests are not all neo-Nazis by any means, some are good devout men who got into it because of the liturgically and doctrinally traditionalist stance, but others of those men have some very nasty ideological opinions.
During the occupation of France by the Nazis from 1940 until 1944, some Catholic minds thought Nazism would be useful to get their own back against the Socialists and Freemasons who were responsible for the separation of Church and State in 1905 and for anti-clericalism.
Of course, anti-semitism goes back further and is one of the most profound sources of embarrassment for the Church since the days of the Spanish Inquisition and all the way back in history. It was an important part of the late nineteenth-century anti-liberal conspiracy theories that blamed everything on the Jews, the Socialists and the Freemasons.
I am quite taken back by the motto adopted by Maréchal Petain – Travail, Famillle, Patrie. This is also the motto of a right-wing organisation (supported by the superior of my old seminary) based in – - – Brazil. Brazil, Paraguay and other South American countries were refuges for some of the worst Nazi rats when Hitler was defeated – if they had enough gold (which was stolen from the victims of the Nazis in the concentration camps). I don’t know if there is any connection, but the connection seems pretty obvious! I have to give it to my old superior that he did rebuke a seminarian who declared himself to support the neo-Nazi ideology! I remember… And I was in a clerical institute recognised by Rome.
French bourgeois Catholicism has a lot to answer for. Practically the whole working class in this country is alienated from the Church, that in spite of the generations of Marxist priests and bishops from 1945 up to about the John Paul II era. It is a sign of shame that there were many Catholic justes who did what they could to resist the enemy and save as many Jewish people as possible, but this was not the official policy of the French Church! They sacrificed their lives and were often atrociously tortured by the Gestapo before the relief of death.
Mourad’s account seems to be accurate according to my information and reading of writings of historians like Dr Luc Perrin of Strasbourg University. However, he overlooks something that he might be intending to describe in a future comment, the phenomenon of Intégrisme as a Papally-supported (Pius X 1903-1914) movement reaction against theological Modernism. This accounts for the name of the Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Pii Decimi or Fraternité Sacredotale Saint-Pie X.
Here is a link to my article on anti-Modernism in the pontificate of Pius X and up to the suppression of the Sodalitium Pianum headed by Monsignor Umberto Benigni in 1921 by Benedict XV – see Sodalitium Pianum.
I was “received” by the SSPX in June 1981 and attended their masses in London until leaving for France the following year. There were some good and devout people, but the cranks left me with a lasting impression. I spent some time at one of the Society’s schools in France from October 1982 until the Easter of the following year, learning French and helping with teaching English. It was an eye-opener to say the least, a lens through which I would have a critical view of Roman Catholicism for many years.
One again, I am spiritually exhausted and ask for your prayers and will need to address these questions much less frequently. It’s greasy, very dirty and like something I once trod on in the gutter – very unpleasant! It is nothing other than pure evil!
This kind of thing can be dealt only by prayer and fasting…