The Nazi sympathizing weirdos behind the Phoenix school having the vapors over the girl baseball player

11 May 2012 11:25 am
Posted by: Donna

Our Lady of Sorrows is a Phoenix school that has gotten into the news recently for refusing to play baseball against a team with a female player. The story has gone viral and Twitter is clucking over us zany Arizonans yet again. A few tweets that caught my attention were about the schismatic Catholic organization that runs Our Lady. Turns out they are some very strange and bitter people who long for that good old Vichy government and think everyone should stop picking on the Nazis.

The powerhouse organization of the radical traditionalist Catholic world is a sprawling international order called the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), founded by the late French archbishop, Marcel-François Lefebvre, in 1970. Although there have been recent attempts by the Vatican to pull SSPX back into the Catholic mainstream, the organization, all of whose priests were excommunicated in the late 1980s, has continued to publish anti-Semitic materials, flirt with Holocaust denial and reject any reconciliation with the Catholic Church.

Lefebvre was always on the hard right. During World War II, he supported the pro-Nazi Vichy regime, a puppet government in the part of France not occupied by the Germans. He lamented the eventual liberation of the country, describing it as “the victory of Freemasonry against the Catholic order of Petain. It was the invasion of the barbarians without faith or law!”

Lefebvre later was on an advisory committee to the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), which enacted several liberalizing and modernizing reforms within the church. But the archbishop refused to sign the council’s final reports on religious liberty and the modern church, the first sign of a rebellion that would only grow in later years. In 1970, he founded SSPX as a seminary in Ecône, Switzerland.

In 1974, Lefebvre publicly denounced as heretical the Vatican II reforms and the subsequent adoption of the new Mass, celebrated in local languages instead of traditional Latin. As a result, Pope Paul VI ordered the archbishop to shut down his Swiss seminary. But Lefebvre refused to comply, leading the Vatican to suspend his right to perform priestly functions (a step short of excommunication) in 1976.

Yikes. And they’re Holocaust deniers too! It occurs that those sweltering Sundays of my childhood summers spent accompanying my very devout and conservative grandmother to those interminably long Masses could have been a lot worse.

Highlights from the Society’s own website include: “Defense of the Inquisition”, “Galileo: Victim or Villain?”, and “Rhythm: The Unhappy Compromise” (1948 condemnation of so-called Natural Family Planning).

Need I mention they have retrograde views on the role of women too?

3 Comments

  1. Comment by Prup (aka Jim Benton) on May 12, 2012 7:13 am

    Nice solid piece that gives details the follow-up pieves miss. However, you should point out that while, until recently the ‘mainstream’ Catholic Church condemned them, since Pope Ratzinger was elected there has been a strong attempt to ‘bring them back into the fold’ — without challenging their attitudes — and just last month there was word of a declaration being issued that would fully reinstate them.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on May 12, 2012 8:22 pm

    However, it should be pointed out that possible reinstatement has no relevance to this post.

    Ooooootay. Religion sure confuses me.
    A Frenchman starts a schismatic sect in the Catholic Church. This decades old sect, which also seems to feel one of the most horrific periods in human history wasn’t as bad as made to be, proceeds to tell the Pope, Curia, and Bishops of the two thousand year old Catholic Church that they’ve got it wrong. This unsurprisingly results in excommunication. The sect and it’s leader proceed to act as if they still had the right to behave as if they were Catholics and could do the holy duties of the church.
    Sooooo, now we have parents in Phoenix who think it is a good idea to not allow their boys to play baseball because of a girl. (OMG A GURL!!)
    I’ll never understand politi……oops…religion.

    Post 1 floor down is noice, noice. Brava.

  3. Comment by Terry on May 18, 2012 8:32 am

    I went to the school’s website and found all kinds of this cult’s justification fr baaaaaad behavior. A snippet on slavery:

    This being said, Catholic historians who have studied the Civil War point out that the real question was not one of slavery at all, but one of economic control. It was the capitalists of the North, with their factories, mines, means of production, forcing an industrial and economic revolution on the agrarian South. The Northerners had long had slaves of their own. However, the Industrial Revolution produced a new kind of slavery, that of the factory workers, who would sweat very long hours for little income, for the profit of their capitalist masters.

    The struggles for the rights of workers demonstrate that despite their technical freedom, they were just as oppressed as the slaves of old, and very often more so, for the slaves at least were provided with all the necessities of life. The question of slavery is consequently of little importance in the discussion of right and wrong in the Civil War. It really is a question of economic revolution. [Answered by Fr. Peter R. Scott]

    As Timmy would say ‘Otay’. What a bunch of wacko creeps, these people.

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