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Anti-Semitic Leader Rebuked by Catholic Bishop

By Heidi Beirich on August 17, 2007 - 9:04 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic

A man who has run a virulently anti-Semitic “Catholic” group for 14 years has been told to clean up his act by church officials contacted by the Intelligence Report.

Robert Sungenis, who founded and heads Catholic Apologetics International (CAI), was profiled in the magazine edition released in January, along with other anti-Semitic individuals and institutions involved in the “radical traditionalist Catholic” movement, whose precepts are rejected by the Vatican. The Report later sent a letter to Sungenis’ bishop in Harrisburg, Pa., detailing Sungenis’ anti-Semitic activities. Many other concerned Catholics and organizations have done likewise.

The church responded with alacrity. According to a July 31 essay he posted on CAI’s website entitled “Catholic Apologetics International and its Teachings on the Jews”, Sungenis was contacted by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades and later met with Rhoades’ vicar general, the Very Rev. William J. King, and the Rev. James Massa, executive director for ecumenical and inter-religious affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Afterward, Sungenis wrote that CAI’s “hard-line positions regarding the Jews” had been “often expressed in an ill-advised manner” and promised to change.

“CAI is in the process of removing all the content on its website concerning the Jews in order to make the initial adjustments in complying with my bishop’s directive,” he wrote. “If in the future we write any new material on the Jews, it will always be with the required due diligence, as if the bishop were present with us.”

Sungenis, based in State Line, Pa., is one of the hardest-line figures of the radical traditionalist Catholic movement, which generally has rejected the Vatican’s efforts to reconcile with Jews and other faiths. Among other things, Sungenis in 2002 wrote a 33,000-word screed attacking the Jews that led to him being thrown off Eternal Word Television Network, a Catholic cable station. Elsewhere, he has written of “Jews, Judaism and Israel” are conspiring to make Satan the ruler of the earth.

Despite the rebuke, Sungenis did not back down all the way. He wrote that the “Jews, as a race, are no longer the ‘chosen people’ of God,” and added that they “have been blinded to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by their own doing.” Still, he promised to adopt the “more conciliatory approach” that is today “in vogue.”

  • IrishEddieOHara

    I went to the link provided and watched the 4 minute video of Mr. Sungenis’ comments. He appears to be his own worst enemy and it is understandable that Bishop Rhoades would tell him to knock it off.

    Robert would have done himself a tremendous favor by simply sticking to the facts as the Bible lays them out: the Jews need to recognize their Messiah and convert to the Catholic Faith, which is the Faith which replaced Judaism according to Matthew 21: 33 – 46. All else, such as the quotes on that video, are indeed inflammatory and do no good in terms of getting our Jewish neighbors to consider the claims of Christ and the Catholic Church. Mr. Sungenis hurts the Church he claims to love and defend by making such statements.

  • Gus Davis

    It’s pretty bad when even Youtube won’t allow your quotes up because they’re so repugnant.

    Everyone needs to see this video. This is the kind of filth Sungenis put out.

  • Gus Davis

    Uh, Baron, you might read up on the definition of anti-Semitism.

    And Mark Wyatt, Sungenis is NOT orthodox when it comes to his hateful views of the Jewish people.

    You ought to be ashamed for being more devoted to him than the Catholic Church.

  • Baron von Hund

    Does anyone call the Amercian Government for being “Anti-Semetic” as it invades and destories a number of Arabic countries, such as Iraq? Or do people know believe Jews are the only semetic race on Earth? Come on people – why can’t one be critical of Jewishness without being label “Anti-Semetic”? Since when did the Jewish people claim exclusive fame to the Semetic label? Arabs, the biblical brothers of the Jews via Abraham are Semetic, as too are others. Why do we not hear such labelling when people are critical of these folk? Strange these labels we have…

  • Mark Wyatt

    2Cor 3:13-16 (

    13 And not as Moses put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel might not steadfastly look on the face of that which is made void. 14 But their senses were made dull. For, until this present day, the selfsame veil, in the reading of the old testament, remaineth not taken away (because in Christ it is made void). 15 But even until this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.

    16 But when they shall be converted to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.


    BTW, Heidi, Robert Sungenis is not a “radical traditionalist”. He is a Scriptural inerrancy supporter and a Scriptural literalism (where appropriate) supporter. He is an orthodox Catholic.