FBI Ordered to Explain Anti-Catholic Memo

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The House Committee on the Judiciary has sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray seeking answers concerning a recently leaked memo that identified “radical-traditionalist Catholics” as potential domestic security threats.

As reported by The Dallas Express, an internal memo from the Richmond field office of the FBI suggested that “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists” have been connected to “radical-traditionalist Catholic” ideology, which the bureau defined as an “anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ and white supremacist ideology.”

Although the agency has since retracted the document and claimed it failed to “meet the exacting standards of the FBI,” concerns persist that the incident signals wider issues.

Calling the memo a “serious misuse of federal law-enforcement resources,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked for “additional information” concerning “the FBI’s targeting of a set of Catholic Americans for their religious beliefs.”

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), the chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government, also signed on to the letter.

“There remain many questions about the genesis, review, and approval of this document, as well as the FBI’s commitment to upholding First Amendment protected activity,” the letter continued.

Jordan and Johnson went on to request “[a]ll documents and communications referring or relating to intelligence products about ‘racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists’ and ‘radical-traditionalist Catholics’ for the period of January 20, 2021, to the present.”

Additionally, the duo sought any documents or communications “referring or relating to the basis for the” memo and a list of “FBI investigations, local law enforcement agency reporting, and liaison reporting … that the FBI’s Richmond Field Office relied upon to make its assessment.”

Lastly, the letter requested that Director Wray produce a list of “all FBI employees involved in drafting, reviewing, approving, or disseminating” the original memo.

Director Wray was given a deadline of March 2 and reminded him that the Judiciary Committee had been charged with the oversight of the FBI.

Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) were copied on the letter, as they are the ranking Democrat members on the Judiciary Committee and the subcommittee, respectively.

The Dallas Express reached out to Nadler’s and Scanlon’s offices for comment, but neither responded prior to publication. Neither has commented publicly on the retracted FBI memo or the letter sent to Wray by their Republican colleagues.

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  1. Angelina Hernandez

    “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.” John 15:18-19

  2. gypsy

    still no justice , our children under attack , our votes no longer count fake ballots by democrats now elect

  3. Lay Monk Jeffery

    I am not of Catholic faith, I am a man of Christian faith and a lay monk (Celtic). It is written that this world is against our Lord and His believers. Mrs. Hernandez summed it up nicely. The good people of this great country need to open their eyes as we are at the threshold of bad times to come. It is time to turn to Jesus Christ for man will rise against man and this great nation of ours will not be. Maybe it’s time to flush out the bad in the FBI and start fresh.

    • Robbie

      The only problem I have with your statement is the inference that Catholics are not Christian. I am a Catholic and I guarantee you, I am a Christian. As a matter of fact, the FIRST Christian church, you know – the one built up the rock – was Catholic. Now the rock may have been St. Peter, or the rock may be Petros, Regardless, it was the first, the oldest Christian religion. It was Catholic and it was in Antioch. Read the book of Acts 11.

      • Charles Moncrief

        I’m an Anglican and I agree with you about the Catholic-Christian dichotomy. The distinction is false and it is a hateful narrative that needs to be removed from the hip pockets of the outsiders. Before accusing Catholic practices of being non-Christian, a person needs to learn what is going on. Parroting some other non-Catholic, including a pulpiteer, is inexcusable.

        • Janet

          In reality they are going after anyone that believes in Jesus and not their crazy ideas. If we don’t agree that boys can be girls then we are terrorists. You can’t disagree with liberals anymore.

      • RiverKing

        When I saw your post, I went back to read the previous. I still don’t see where Jeffery implied in any way that “Catholics are not Christian”.

  4. Charles Moncrief

    Big Deal. BIG DEAL! So the FBI has been ordered to explain its anti-Catholic memo.
    Order away, Republican House members. Order away.
    Biden owns the FBI, so expect the will just thumb their noses at the Congressional order, and thus at the American people (yet again), and Biden will protect them. Or Merrick Garland will call anyone a domestic terrorist for speaking up against the FBI and its corruption.

    • R Reason

      Check your phone, he might be calling you now.

    • Janet

      If I was FBI director Wray, I would tell “Jacket-Less” Jim Jordan I will hand over those documents when you hand over the communications, documents, emails, etc., you had with Trump and the January 6 rioters.

  5. Brad Johnson

    Might it have something to do with priests diddling children 🤔

  6. Bob

    The problem is that while some politicians are trying to get some answers the FBI is stonewalling because they know there will be ZERO consequences for their actions.


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