A reader wrote to let us know that the Society of St. Pius X has quietly removed from their website the article "The Mystery of the Jews," which we referenced in a blogpost a few days ago, and which asserted that Judaism was "inimical" to Christian nations, responsible for the death of Jesus, and so on. That anti-Semitic piece is no longer posted on the group’s official American website.
Also, Federico Lombardi, SJ, the official Vatican spokesperson, is quoted in a Reuters story, speaking candidly about serious problems with the Vatican’s recent communications strategy over the SSPX controversy in a story with the surprising, but accurate title, "Spokesman says Vatican can’t control its message."
For me, the Vatican’s strongly worded statement yesterday, which called in no uncertain terms on the Society of St. Pius X to embrace the Second Vatican Council, as well as the authority of the post-conciliar popes (which, lest anyone in the SSPX misunderstand, they listed by name), and the Vatican’s clear instruction for Bishops Williamson to repudiate publicly his denial of aspects of the Holocaust, was exactly the clearly worded statement needed to clarify what was a situation that confused Catholics and non-Catholics alike, around the world. It reassures all parties that indeed Vatican II was an essential part of a modern Catholic’s faith, and that the kind of anti-Semitism espoused by Bishop Williamson (as well as on the group’s American website) has no place in the Catholic church.
An open question though, which I pose out of real curiosity, is how a group who has as its raison d’etre the rejection of the reforms of Vatican II will now be able to embrace Vatican II.
James Martin, SJ