Indeed these are strange days as they say, strange days indeed. As a “Trad” these last 15 years, I never envisioned the day I would pick up a pamphlet containing an essay written by one of my priests where he is found engaging in the same kind of character assassination against one of his own brothers in the Trad priesthood using the same kind of language regularly employed by powerful Jewish groups such as the ADL.
But alas, it has happened nonetheless. As I said, not only strange days, but sad ones as well, and a development that does not bode well for the future I’m afraid.
Before getting into this mess however, there are two items that need addressing.
The first is that I must say up front I am not in the least bit comfortable doing this, meaning challenging a priest. I am of the old school that says the man in the collar is the big cheese and you defer to him and his opinion in 11 out of 10 cases.
However, as I said earlier, these are strange days, strange days indeed, where bashing and trashing our religious field commanders–be they priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals and–lest we forget, even the pope himself–is now the norm.
This trend of course was set by our own priests decades ago and now, being institutionalized within our movement, it is now ‘tradition’ within the traditional movement to tear to pieces anyone–religious or not–when they say or do something we find anathema. Whether such persons are in Rome, the SSPX, SSPV, CMRI–whatever or whoever, they are fair game. I actually heard one priest years ago, not important who, in one of his sermons from the pulpit asking God to “strike JPII dead” as a result of the damage he was doing to the faith.
Rest assured however I have no intention of “going there,” as they say. My position is to let facts, reason and (hopefully) brilliantly-executed arguments do their magic–if indeed that is possible–and leave the death sentences to God alone. Suffice it to say that this is a case of “chickens coming home to roost” in that what I am about to do here is just the logical extension of a policy begun within the trad movement many, many moons ago, in effect, a manifestation of that old saying–“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”.
Next is the fact that I am in a somewhat unique position here. Not to toot my own horn, nevertheless by virtue of what it is I do in providing a meager living for my wife and 9 children (meaning as a journalist for a scrappy, Washington DC-based newspaper known as American Free Press) I regularly ‘hob-knob’ with some interesting and important folks who are in a much better position to know what in Hades is going on with regards to some of the things we will be discussing here (including but not limited to the various “conspiracy theories” swirling around 9/11 and other related items) than the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn. These are professional people whose job is to watch the horizon and figure out the who, what, where, when, why, and how of everything these days, meaning folks in the CIA, National Security Agency, ex-diplomats and ambassadors, Federal Law Enforcement officers, and college professors specializing in all sorts of fields related to matters of national security. Believe it or not, one of the people I speak with in my line of work on a semi-regular basis was a career CIA analyst whose job was to brief the President of the United States every morning concerning the previous night’s events in what’s called the Presidential Daily Briefing. And–believe it or not yet again–even world leaders ladies and gents. Yes folks, imagine that, lil’ old me, being personally invited to fly to Iran and interview the President of that country in the interests of him setting the record straight with regards to what the Jewish press was saying in their mad desire to get YET ANOTHER disastrous Middle East war started. As I said, strange days, strange days indeed.
These things having been said then, let us begin with the discussion of the most recent essay entitled Logical Chickens Coming Home To Roost…A Commentary on Recent Events in the Society of St. Pius X by the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn, hereafter referred to as “TMRDS” for the sake of my fingers and the reader’s attention span. In it he weighs in on the recent events surrounding the reconciliation between the SSPX and the Vatican and launches into what can only be seen as a very personal attack on Bp. Richard Williamson (BRW) focusing on some of the political opinions BRW expressed that caused Jewish interests worldwide to get its collective underwear in a knot.
In his piece, TMRDS paints the picture of Bp. Williamson (and those who think like him) as mentally-deranged and who should be locked up in a padded cell where he/they can do no harm to themselves or anyone else. In the interest of casting Bp. Williamson and his fellow travelers in the “proper” light–meaning bordering on the lunatic fringe–TMRDS associates Williamson’s statements about Jewish issues with “geocentrists, natural food fanatics and homeopaths”.
OK, fair enough. I can certainly understand TMRDS’s skepticism or outright aversion to all the business involving “geocentrists, natural food fanatics and homeopaths”. As far as “geo-centrism” is concerned, that matter was settled a long time ago by men such as Copernicus, Galileo, et al. Regarding “healthy food,” personally I like my food to be as unhealthy as possible for the simple reason it tastes better. The “homeopathic” business has produced some real whoppers over the years, including someone I once knew who used to drink her own urine because someone told her of its “anti-biotic properties”.
Where he crosses the line however is when he throws into the mix “Jew-haters,” “conspiracy theorists,” “right-wing political activists” “half sane”, “fringy”, “anti-government fanatics” whose ideas are nothing but “outlandish concoctions” and “bizarre, lunatic utterances” by persons who can “type much better than they can think”. He goes further in saying these folks are “obsessed with Jews, and “blame Jews for every single evil event in the world,” and who see a “web of Jewish conspiracy everywhere…They cannot take their minds off of it.”
Before getting into the meat of the matter, the first thing that deserves noting is the double-speak and hypocrisy in this. If there were ever persons “obsessed”, who see “conspiracy everywhere” and who “cannot take their minds off it”, it is the sedevacant community which includes the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn. There isn’t an event or utterance coming out of Rome they do not seize upon and scrutinize from both the pulpit and in their pamphlets. By TMRDS’s admission, Vatican II and all its terrible devastation is the focal point of their existence and is rivaled only by their “pope denial”–meaning their sedevacantsm–which they have elevated to a dogmatic position, so much so that they stipulate that to attend an SSPX chapel would be a mortal sin.
Next, associating the aforementioned “geo-centrists, health fanatics and homeopaths” with “Jewish issues” is as fair (and warranted) as those with an axe to grind against the Catholic Church associating today’s trad priests with the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church in recent years. It is a slight of hand, and a very clever one that is effective in propagandizing non-critical thinkers and those easily-seduced with emotionally-laden/political ideas.
To be sure, it is as much a “fringe” theory that there are powerful Jewish interests working feverishly to destroy Christian culture as it is a ‘theory” that the world is round rather than flat. It is a “no-brainer” as they say, and all one need do is look at the cast of characters bringing us everything from abortion to pornography to the militant gay agenda to just about every other cultural/moral poison and see that their names are neither Irish/Catholic, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist or anything but Jewish. Recognizing that the annihilation of Christian culture is a “Jewish thing” is like recognizing (and acknowledging) that La Cosa Nostra was and is “an Italian thing”.
And we should not make the mistake of marginalizing or downplaying this agenda. We are not talking about a small group of Gremlins huddled together on Mars plotting the downfall of civilization but with no means of doing it. This agenda possesses the wealth of the world, unimaginable military might, media control and every other power known (and unknown) to man in bringing it about. It is–despite TMRDS’s attempt at minimalizing its prevalence and prominence–EVERYWHERE, on our TV’s, radios, newspapers, shopping malls, grocery store check out lanes, schools, the White House, Halls of Congress and, more importantly, given our trad “sensitivities,” throughout Vatican II. TMRDS’s assertion that Jewish interests played a small part in VII and that the real stinkers were the ‘modernists’ is in my opinion another argumentative slight of hand. It is like saying eating rat poison “might endanger your health”. While not being blatantly dishonest, nevertheless through clever placement of words it downplays the scope and seriousness of it. All one need do is look at the screeching that has taken place over the course of the last year by organized Jewish groups such as the ADL over Benedict XVI’s renewal of the Latin Mass and Good Friday Prayer for the conversion of the Jews and how it is all a violation of the Nostra Aetate section of VII for proof that VII was “their baby”. Yes, it is true that other characters played a role at VII, just as there were pickpockets and drunk drivers during the time of Al Capone’s Chicago, but we would not equivocate their petty crimes with those of the infamous head of Murder Inc who ran the city and her political systems as his private rug joint.
Furthermore, as pertains the whole 9/11 thing and TMRDS’s intimation that no “monkey business” was associated with it that should lead us to conclude anything other than it happened the way the Jewish media told us it did, the fact is that–much to the contrary of TMRDS’s conspiracy theory pooh-poohing–it WAS an inside job, orchestrated by Jews desperate to get Armageddon started between the Christian and Islamic worlds, and you don’t need to have contacts with some of the aforementioned persons in-the-know in arriving at this conclusion. The “information” Bp. Williamson propagates with regards to this fact (and that TMRDS refers to in a snide, sneering manner in his piece) is not shrouded in mystery. Thanks to the internet, a blind man could find it in a minute, as stories originating with mainstream news are still accessible detailing the hundreds of Israeli spies arrested on 9/11, some cheering as the towers were coming down and others driving around New York City in explosives-laden vans while wearing Arab clothing.
Secondly, the “Jewish issue” and dealing with it as previously worded is INTRINSIC to the Catholic faith. The entire struggle of Jesus with these people, a struggle that led to His crucifixion and the persecution of His followers was the womb in which the Catholic faith was born. Furthermore, the history of the last 2,000 years of–not just Catholicism, but of the culture which it created, meaning Christendom, is peppered with various sayings, writings, essays, encyclicals, bulls, laws and ordinances handed down by church doctors, saints, popes, and all-around-good guys, so much so that were all of this “anti-Semitism” to be suddenly ripped from the tapestry of Catholic life that it would leave a huge gaping hole in it through which you could drive a car.
Furthermore, some of the things Bp. Williamson is quoted saying with regards to those designated the “eternal enemies” of the faith pale in comparison to some of the things said by the very saints and doctors we Catholics celebrate as our spiritual Founding Fathers. St. John Chrysostom, St. Augustine, St, Gerome, St. Thomas Aquinas, dozens of popes and many, many others have gone on record saying things–not only about the collective character of Jews, but as well how they should be dealt with in real, practical terms–that make Bp. Williamson’s remarks appear tame. The writings of St. Chrysostom alone would have landed this esteemed saint (mentioned specifically in the mass) in prison for his “Jew-hatred” and “fringe” conspiracy theories. In our own relative time frame, we had persons such as Fr. Coughlin and his radio program, broadcast in America and heard by millions–Catholics and not–dealing with the same material as Bp. Williamson. Lest we forget as well the inimitable Fr. Fahey and his series of books and pamphlets on the Jewish question that were anything but “conciliatory”.
So therefore, if we are to take TMRDS’s comments to heart, and particularly his “That clergy, and especially a bishop, publicly espouse revisionist theses or conspiracy theories which give even the common impression of hatred of Jews does serious harm to the Catholic Church” means we must therefore consign the aforementioned saints, doctors of the church, popes, great thinkers and all-around good guys to the same category, meaning “Jew-haters,” “conspiracy theorists,” “right-wing political activists” “half sane”, “fringy”, “anti-government fanatics” whose ideas are nothing but “outlandish concoctions” and “bizarre, lunatic utterances” by persons who can “type much better than they can think”, who are “obsessed” with Jews, and “blame Jews for every single evil event in the world,” and see a “web of Jewish conspiracy everywhere.”
Volunteers, anyone? I thought not.
Now some of course will (without much success) try and make the argument that these great saints and doctors were dealing with “spiritual issues” involving the Jews and for that reason their comments were acceptable, as opposed to Bp. Williamson’s comments, which were purely political in nature.
At one time the church was not just slightly, but VERY political. It passed laws requiring segregation of Jews, forbade Christians from being employed by them and when it could not get these ‘political’ laws passed, it pressed governments to pass them. Things dealing with commerce, societal/cultural issues, the acceptable amount of influence Jews were allowed to possess in Christian society and whatnot were as much a part of the church’s domain as the ‘spiritual’, because the church observed (rightly) that the two go hand in hand. There can be no Kingship of Christ without Christian involvement in politics, and it was for this reason that the Church was at times up to its eyeballs in political issues dealing with the Jews.
So my point is, when it comes to this topic of the Jewish question and how it all figures into our world today, the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn–at least according to the thesis of his most recent essay–is off in left field, and BIG time. The fact of the matter is that by dismissing in toto what persons such as Bp. Williamson are saying with regards to the Jewish question and how it all figures with our world today, he holds unenviable membership in the flat earth society.
What’s worse is who he is keeping company with. Go to the website of the ADL–probably the most powerful and best organized enemy of the Church and you will find the exact same language used.
For those not familiar with the ADL, it is the most powerful Jewish organization in the world, the infamous Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith“, a branch of freemasonry exclusive to Jews only whose stated mission is to ‘fight bigotry” and foster “tolerance”. They were formed after Leo Frank (a Jew convicted of raping and murdering 12 year old Mary Fegin) was lynched after the governor of that state granted him life in prison rather than the death sentence that had been imposed.
In truth however it is a spy agency working closely with Israel’s intelligence service Mossad that keep tabs on persons all around the world, including the movers and shakers within the Trad movement. No doubt many of you out there saw the director of this agency’s big mug on the TV NIGHT AFTER NIGHT AFTER NIGHT in the run up to the release of Mel Gibson’s movie the Passion as he predicted that a new holocaust was going to take place as a result of this movie.
There is little doubt that the ADL through its many operatives has kept tabs on all our various churches and chapels. Whether posing as someone who just happened to “walk in” because they were curious or even posing as a devout member of the parish, every bulletin, every sermon, every thing that has been said by these priests sits in a file somewhere in an office in New York City. The moment these priests became members of the SSPX decades ago–a group formed in opposition to Vatican II–they became targets of ADL spying and character assassination. Those surprised to hear such a thing should keep in mind the following–this is what Jews do, spying on people and ruining the reputation of those they perceive as inimical to their agenda, something even Our Lord and His cousin John had to endure.
So the notion that the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn (or any other Trad priest for that matter) can somehow avoid getting on the ADL’s ‘hit list’ by remaining silent on the Jewish issue, by condemning the comments of the great Holocaust Heretic Bp. Williamson or otherwise creating distance between the Trad movement and “Jew hatred” is a joke. It is way past that time. It’s like finding out you have terminal lung cancer and then deciding that day to quit smoking in the hopes you might be able to reverse the process.
It is highly unlikely (and that it putting it mildly) given the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn’s education as a priest that even a microbe of any of this is news to him, which brings us to our next point (and the most unpleasant and uncomfortable for yours truly) which is an honest discussion of the “why“ to all of it.
Remember again, these are the words of none other than the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn. He put them out there for our consumption and evaluation. No one put a gun to his head and said “WRITE THIS”, and given the fact that it is the norm now within the Trad movement to scrutinize anything and everything that comes out of the mouth, pen or word processor of one of our religious leaders, what this means is that–as the old saying goes–“All’s fair in love and war”, as well as that old saying concerning sauce for the goose and the gander.
It is the section appearing prominently at the very beginning of his section dealing with Bp. Williamson that is probably the most telling, when he asserts that Bishop Williamson “did everyone great harm, including ourselves“ with his comments.
The obvious implication is that if Bp. Williamson’s comments had the opposite effect and if by talking about Jewish interests in the way he did that it struck a chord with a sizable number of people and as a result, not only was there no typical wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of the Jewish community, but conversely that attendance at the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn’s church doubled, tripled or quadrupled, Bp. Williamson would then be hailed as a great hero for the faith rather than being a conspiracy-theorist nut job. The ugly truth we are left to conclude is that TMRDS recognizes that there are liabilities associated with Bp. Williamson’s remarks–liabilities that through their organic ripple-effect may wind up at the front stoop of the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn’s church–and that this is what has him disturbed and chatty.
And now for the part I dislike the most–bringing it all home…
His thesis that priests, as “agents of the church” must be careful not to do anything that might cause waves for the church can be summed up thus–“horse cookies”. Our Lord was an extremist in the clearest sense of the terms. He made it clear how He felt about mealy-mouthed cowards, comparing them to vomit. The church was built by the martyrdom of those (and by no coincidence, by the same Jewish thugs now causing so much mayhem in the world) whose motto was “damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead”. Had the early Christians worried about getting sideways with the Jews and had tempered their remarks accordingly, there would be no church today.
Sadly, what we are left to conclude is that–after all the fancy verbiage and rhetoric–what it all boils down to is that nasty, 4-letter “f” word so much a part of our sick society today, meaning “fear”, and more specifically, “fear of the Jews”. Like a virus, just as it plagued the early Apostles during the time of Our Lord’s ministry when they actually had the gall to chide Him for His ‘intemperate’ remarks towards the Pharisees, from there it migrated like a sickness to their actions on the night of Jesus’ arrest when the Apostles–the very same who swore they would never cut tail and run–fled like rabbits in the face of the fearsome, vicious nature of Jewish power. Sadly, it seems that the only thing left of the Apostolic succession between the first priests and those today is this–fear of the Jews.
The idea that we have no business ‘dabbling’ in understanding this “Jewish thing” is so ridiculous on its face as to be mind-boggling. As Catholics (and particularly for us parents) not only do we have a reason and the right to know what these people are up to, but a responsibility. We need to know what kind of wolves are prowling about, waiting for any opportunity to snatch our little ones, drag them off and destroy them. We need to know who is responsible for the destruction of our society at large, and simply blaming it on “modernists” does not cut it. That’s like saying “germs” are to blame for a plague that threatens all our lives. It is too vague and deliberately non-specific. Knowing that the water coming from the town’s well is bad is not enough, and particularly when we have photos of guys sneaking in at night and dumping poison in it for a specific, easy-to-understand and identifiable agenda. And for those who snicker, roll their eyes and turn their nose up at all of this while smugly asserting they are more concerned with “higher” principles of the faith and that all this tawdry, tedious, tangential discussion of the Jewish problem is way beneath their “more spiritually-oriented“ interests, well, I’ll remind you that you said that when as a result of us standing by and allowing the Jews to tear the place apart, you find yourself jobless, penniless, homeless, and kissing little Johnnie (or little Joanna) goodbye as he or she goes marching off to fight the Jews’ wars in the Middle East. I’m sure there were people who believed the same way when “nut cases” similar in their outlook to Bp. Williamson were warning of impending disasters of Jewish intrigue such as the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, and, last but not least, Vatican II, meaning they were marginalized and ignored, only to be vindicated later when those left to deal with the aftermath shook their heads embarrassingly and said “Boy, sure didn’t see that one coming”.
Therefore in critically weighing the comments of TMRDS and his assertion that in the face of the most devastating assault on Christianity in its history, (the exception of course being the crucifixion itself) that we are to remain silent or at best remain as ambiguous as possible in our speech by using terms such as “modernists” rather than naming names and saying ‘Jews’, what we are left to conclude is that this is but an attempt on his part to circumvent the very same thing happening to him as recently took place with Bp. Williamson. Understandably, TMRDS does not relish the idea of having the Jewish press at his church, taking photos, sticking microphones in his face and in the faces of his parishioners, being front page news for weeks on end and having everything he worked for put at risk. He does not like the idea that he could be kicked out of his own country as Bp. Williamson was and that he might face being extradited to another country so he can stand trial for offending the Jews.
Having said that however, nevertheless, he (and we) need to remember that as members of the “Church Militant” (as we like to call ourselves) that these are hazards of the workplace, and if the prospect of getting hurt is enough an incentive to prevent us from doing battle against the enemies of the faith, then perhaps we need to find another one less demanding and dangerous.
But then, perhaps the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn is right in a certain sense. Maybe discussion of the problems associated with the modern day ‘Jewish question” really are outside the domain of some of today’s trad priests, and that they should just keep quiet about the matter. I certainly would endorse such a plan as far as he is concerned. Let him stick with his Latin mass and his “obsession” with Vatican II and pope denial while the rest of us–who not only want, but indeed NEED to know what the Hades is going on in our world and how we as Catholic parents and citizens should deal with it all will seek the council of the Jew hating/conspiracy-theorist/right-wing-political-activist/half-sane/fringy/anti-government fanatic Bp. Williamson, whose ideas are but “outlandish concoctions” and “bizarre, lunatic utterances” by someone who can “type much better than he can think”, who is “obsessed with Jews”, who “blames Jews for every single evil event in the world,” and who sees a “web of Jewish conspiracy everywhere“.
In these strange days, strange days indeed, it seems to me he is the kind of priest we need, rather than those who find themselves parroting the same kind of ideas propagated by Jewish groups such as the ADL.
(c) 2009 Mark Glenn
Correspondent, American Free Press Newspaper