Kyle Seraphin, a former FBI special agent and federal whistleblower, had obtained a retracted, FBI memo stating that Catholics who prefer the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass are labeled an extremist threat, since they adhere to “anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, and white supremacy” ideology.
Titled “Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities,” the bureau designates so-called “Radical-Traditionalist Catholics (RTC)” as persons of interest since the designated group offers a recruitment pool for “Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists (RMVE).”
Released on January 23rd, the document claims that RTCs—adhere to “anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT and white supremacy” ideology and that such Catholics are opposed to the Second Vatican Council, which among other things introduced a new liturgy and shows a “disdain for popes elected since Vatican II.”
As of 2021, the Southern Poverty Law Center identified nine RTC hate groups operating in the United State.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty under the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said on February 16th that anyone espousing racism or promoting violence is “rejecting Catholic teaching on the inherent dignity of each and every person.”
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