The Dentith Files – The Society of St. Pius X

Between 2008 and 2010, Matthew Dentith first joined 95bFM’s Simon Pound, then José Barbosa, on Sunday mornings to talk about conspiracy theories. Listen, as they say, again!

Well, I must admit that this week’s episode was a bit rambling and maybe not entirely clear as to its purpose. We discussed Bishop Williamson, of the Society of St. Pius X, a (formerly?) schismatic order of the Roman Catholic Church and his/their association with anti-semiticism and Holocaust denial.

I suspect the really strong coffees José and I had just prior to the show (it turns out that I’m as a good a barista as I am a drink pourer; everything I touch (in respect to liquids) is a tad too strong) made us a little scatty (but not scatological, unlike last time) and so maybe the Conspiracy Theory point was lost. Still, we discussed the rather byzantium way that the Roman Catholic Church and the Society of St. Pius X are operating under and how none of this is good in any way, shape or form.

The Dentith Files

Matthew gets elbow deep into the story of Bishop Richard Williamson and the Society of St. Pius X.< Williamson is one of four bishops from the Society of St. Pius X who were excommunication no more after the Vatican welcomed them back into the fold last month. Alas almost at the same time Williamson said in a television interview he did not believe any Jews were gassed during the Holocaust. Yikes.

So, what is the Society of St. Pius X; why did they have their excommunication lifted in the first place and why is this all so bloody complicated?

Some notes

A blogpost outlining the views of the now in exile Bishop Williamson.

Williamson says he’ll review the evidence of a holocaust.

Next time: The Littlewood Treaty.


About Matthew Dentith

Author of "The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories" (Palgrave Macmillan), Matthew Dentith wrote his PhD on epistemic issues surrounding belief in conspiracy theories. He is a frequent media commentator on the weird and the wonderful, both locally and internationally. On occasion he can be caught dreaming about wax lions but, mostly, it is rumoured he works for elements of the New World Order.