Society of St. Pius X - Political Controversies

Political Controversies

Prominent members of the SSPX, including Lefebvre himself, have expressed approval or support for a restoration of an absolutist French monarchy, the Vichy government (1940–1944), and the party of Jean-Marie le Pen. On the basis of statements made by Bishop Richard Williamson, the Anti-Defamation League has accused the Society of being "mired in anti-Semitism". It was in an SSPX priory, where he had been granted asylum as "an act of charity to a homeless man", that French Nazi collaborator and war criminal Paul Touvier was arrested, and a priest of the Society publicly offered Requiem Mass for him on his death in 1996.

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