(PresidentialHill.com)- Earlier this month, after a whistleblower exposed an FBI internal intelligence memo targeting some Roman Catholics, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was forced to retract the memo, according to Just the News.
The memo, issued from the FBI field office in Richmond, Virginia, warned that some Roman Catholics may pose a radical extremist threat and suggested that the FBI infiltrate some Roman Catholic groups.
Initially published by former FBI agent Kyle Seraphin, the memo claimed that “Radical Traditionalist Catholics” are those who, among other things, believe Mass should be celebrated in Latin. These supposed extremist Catholics are likely to hold anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Semitic, and white supremacist views, the memo claims.
The intelligence memo was based on information from such far-Left activist groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which published a list called “Radical Traditional Catholicism Hate Groups.” As “evidence” of such radical Catholics, the memo cites articles from Left-leaning websites like The Atlantic and Salon.
In the memo, the Richmond field office suggested that FBI agents target the Radical Traditional Catholics through several investigative means, including “source development.”
In a statement to Just the News, the FBI said that the intelligence memo was only circulated internally and its contents did not meet the bureau’s “exacting standards.”
The FBI said in its statement that when it learned of the memo, officials at the bureau’s Washington D.C. headquarters took action to remove it from the FBI’s systems. The bureau will also conduct a review of the basis of the memo, the statement said.
While the FBI may disavow the memo, its content is just the latest in a string of incidents in which the bureau has appeared to target Christians.
In late January, pro-life activist Mark Houck, who was arrested by the FBI during a raid at his home in September, was acquitted of federal charges by a Philadelphia jury.
Houck was charged over an incident in October 2021 when he shoved a volunteer at a Pennsylvania abortion clinic after the volunteer had harassed his young son. Houck was charged with two counts of violating the FACE Act (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act).