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The FBI believes that white supremacy has taken root in Catholics who prefer Latin Mass, reports whistleblower Kyle Seraphin on UncoverDC. The FBI’s Richmond, VA office took their findings from the widely debunked Southern Poverty Law Center, which was cited in an intelligence bulletin.
In essence, Catholics who prefer Latin Mass who are classified as “Radical-Traditionalist Catholics,” per the FBI, are painted as having an “adherence to anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ and white supremacist ideology.” The writer of the bulletin classifies RTCs as “typically characterized by the rejection of the Second Vatican Council.”
Seraphin, who was indefinitely suspended from the FBI in June 2022 after six years with the agency, said that “An intelligence analyst within the Richmond Field Office of the FBI released in a new finished intelligence product dated January 23, 2023, on Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists (RMVE) and their interests in ‘Radical-Traditionalist Catholics’ or RTCs. The document assesses with ‘high confidence’ the FBI can mitigate the threat of Radical-Traditionalist Catholics by recruiting sources within the Catholic Church.”
The sources cited on that bulletin include articles from the SPLC, as well as the SPLC’s list of “Radical Traditional Catholicism Hate Groups.” It was the SPLC that the writer of the bulletin used, Seraphin states, to determine that this group of Catholics are white supremacist, LGBTQ-phobic, misogynistic anti-Semites. Speaking to The Daily Signal, Seraphin said “We got briefings that SPLC was not legitimate when I was at Quantico.”
The other two sources listed for the bulletin are Salon and The Atlantic.
When the SPLC came after journalist Andy Ngo, editor-at-large with The Post Millennial, he replied to their request for comment by saying “Reputational slandering is a Southern Poverty Law Center smear tactic. Not content to impugn by guilt of association, you resort to guilt by implication now.” That is the tactic with this bulletin, as well.
The SPLC has a history of defaming people based on their religion. In June 2018 they had to publicly apologize to Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation for defaming them as “anti-Muslim extremists.” The SPLC paid out $3.365 million to Nawaz over that.
In 2019, writing for Current Affairs, Nathan J. Robinson wrote that the organization “has long been dysfunctional,” and that the SPLC has displayed “some of the worst and most hypocritical tendencies in American liberalism.”
Alliance Defending Freedom states that while “The Southern Poverty Law Center was once a respected civil rights organization,” it has “degenerated into a discredited and scandal-ridden group that one of its own employees described as ‘a highly profitable scam.’ After winning some important cases, the SPLC devolved into a fear mongering, money-raising machine. Out of that effort the now discredited ‘hate map’ was born.” It is that “hate map” research that leads the SPLC to call traditionalist Catholics hatemongers, which in turn led to the FBI doing the same.
The document, dated January 23, 2023 from the FBI, is listed as unclassified and for official use only. It is titled “Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities.”
It reads: “FBI Richmond assesses the increasingly observed interest of racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (RMVEs) in radical-traditionalist Catholic (RTC) ideology almost certainly presents opportunities for threat mitigation through the exploration of new avenues for tripwire and source development. FBI Richmond makes this assessment with high confidence based on FBI investigations, local law enforcement agency reporting, and liaison reporting, with varying degrees of corroboration and access.