World is Silent About Anti-Catholicism

Anti-Catholicism is the long-standing acceptable bigotry of the American intelligentsia.

As historian John Tracy Ellis wrote in his 1956 book, “American Catholicism,” “universal anti-Catholic bias was brought to Jamestown in 1607 and vigorously cultivated in all the thirteen colonies from Massachusetts to Georgia.”

So much for The New York Times 1619 Project! Apparently, anti-Catholicism precedes slavery yet is not so much of importance to the half-Jewish, half-Protestant publisher Mr. Sulzberger. 

Another historian, Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr., himself half Jewish and half Catholic, described hatred of Catholics as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people.”

Still another historian, John Higham, a New Yorker, claimed anti-Catholicism was “the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history.” So it is obviously not a question of if anti-Catholicism exists, it is simply to what degree at any particular era.

Unfortunately, anti-Catholicism in America in the twenty-first century is very active among the Leftist American elite, the Leftist intelligentsia, the news media, and the Democratic Party politicians who either represent or control them. For example, in August 2017 then California Democratic Party U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, arguably a member of the Jewish Left, voted against Republican President Trump’s judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett because she felt Barrett was too Catholic.

The August 2022 edition of New Yorker magazine contained an article by an excommunicated Catholic priest criticizing the Supreme Court’s Catholic justices. He said they were anti-American and suppressed the rights of women. Of course, suppressing rights for women does not mean suppressing rights. It only means making abortion legal.

President Harry Truman said that during the 1920s Ku Klux Klan (KKK) said he was told not to appoint Catholic justices. The KKK also used violence – including murder – to intimidate Catholics. A memo from an FBI field office urged investigations of conservative Catholics. 

The memo stated  (N.B. RMVE means religiously motivated violent extremist and RTC means Radically Traditional Catholic): 

“ FBI Richmond assesses RMVE  interest in RTCs is likely to increase over the next 12 to 24 months in the run-up to the next general election cycle complicating the overall RMVE threat picture while also creating new opportunities for mitigation efforts. This assessment is made in light of the ongoing polarization characterizing the US political environment and the probability that policy issues of mutual interest to RMVEs and RTC adherents will remain in the public spotlight. Catalyzing events in which RMVEs and RTC adherents might have common cause include legislation or judicial decisions in areas such as abortion rights, immigration, affirmative action, and LGBTQ protections. 

There you have it. What makes Catholics dangerous terrorists, according to the FBI, are the following:  opposition to making abortion on demand legal; opposition to providing abortion coverage in employee health insurance; opposition by Catholic doctors to perform abortions; opposition to ordaining homosexual, lesbian, and transgendered priests; and opposition to sanctioning homosexual marriages. Yet despite the FBI’s need to investigate Catholics because of their opposition to abortion, gay marriage, etc, they paradoxically mention the “deep-seated anti-Catholicism remains a characteristic of many far-right white nationalists.”

The memo is so revealing of the anti-Catholicism that lurks among the Washington DC bureaucracy. As revealing of the contempt and hatred of Catholics by the Democratic Party Left, if not more so, were the leaked emails of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign staff.

A leaked email chain from 2011 discussed the fear and loathing that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign had for Catholics. It mentions that a Wall Street Journal manager had his kids baptized as Catholics. “Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic — many converts. … It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith,” commented the email’s author.

A Clinton campaign staffer replied, “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards (sic) gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”

Another email to Democratic Party officials from Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress declared, “….Catholics themselves (must)demand the end of a Middle Ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.”

Anti-Catholicism has a large, powerful, wealthy, and influential consistency. The difference between anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism is that anti-Semitism has greater publicity.

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