Anti-Semitism seems to be a recurring feature among many traditionalist groups. I have blogged about this problem before. I recently ran across another egregious example: Deacon Kandra had a link to this story from CNS on his blog. Recorded speaking in Ontario in late December, Bishop Bernard Fellay superior general of SSPX, gave voice to the anti-Semitism which seems to cling to the society:
He spoke about the society’s three years of discussions with the Vatican over the society’s future and explained how he interpreted behind-the-scenes communications about the talks. Apparently speaking without a text, he also called the Jewish people “enemies of the church,” saying Jewish leaders’ support of the Second Vatican Council “shows that Vatican II is their thing, not the church’s. Those most opposed to the church granting canonical recognition to the traditionalist society have been “the enemies of the church: the Jews, the Masons,” he said.
Reading this I have to shake my head. Two questions immediately come to mind:
1) Why does the Vatican continue to court SSPX given their history of anti-Semitism? It seems clear that they are never going to assent to Nostra Aetate.
2) More seriously, what continues to give life to this hateful ideology? And what must we, the Body of Christ, do to combat it?