The following message is hard to hear, but it is something that needs to be said. The blogopshere is abuzz with the issue of Anti-Semitism in traditionalist circles since Dawn Eden helped the issue go viral amongst the Catholic blogosphere. Some wish that more prominent voices would get involved in this, and that traditionalists all over would see what a problem Anti-Semitism is in their circles.
I feel the approach that many are taking right now is flawed, and it stems from the fact that they suffer from an information disadvantage. Allow me to explain.
When I say information disadvantage, I mean that we lack certain knowledge that others have. We don't lack it because we are close-minded. We lack it because we live in a bubble. This happens in politics all the time, where someone is surprised that evil creep won an election when everyone they knew voted otherwise. Traditionalists had this problem with the Mandatum issue. They were horrified over the Pope "setting aside" a liturgical law. To most Catholics, even Orthodox ones, they didn't know such a law even existed, or why it exists. To try to explain the subtleties of laws to people who aren't even aware they are laws, you will just look like a fool. Should they know? Yes. Yet they don't, and you gotta deal with that.
So, you are asking, how does this relate to the problem of Anti-Semitism and traditionalists? I'm so glad you asked!
When confronted by such vile Anti-Semitism, many traditionalists have acted with horror and revulsion, condemning the words. Yet we also remind people that this kind of stuff is a minority within the traditionalist movement, and it is virtually non-existent in most parishes. In short, what you see on the Internet is not representative of the whole. The current response to this has been..... to point out nasty things people are saying on the Internet.
Why is this a problem? Those who write and read blogs are a pretty small minority of the overall Catholic population. They tend to be highly motivated individuals who take their beliefs seriously, for better or worse. The majority of traditionalists and Catholics in general are blissfully ignorant of this entire dustup. Even the most known of Catholic personalities online are probably only known by maybe 5% of the Catholic population. An even smaller number of that 5% actually read them on a regular basis. The kind of problems the blogosphere deals with are not the problems that exist in the majority of parishes or that we experience.
It is for that reason I disagree with one point of Simcha Fischer's otherwise excellent work. Outside of the nonsense I run into online, I haven't encountered any Anti-Semitism. Since the majority of Catholics (including traditionalists) don't really spend much time on trad blogs, I can say with confidence that the idea that "If you're a traditionalist and you hang out with other traditionalists, then sooner or later, you will run into Anti-Semitism" is actually a load of crap, and only someone who is a blogger would make that statement. I know that I've migrated between 3 different traditionalist communities over a decade, and Anti-Semitism wasn't in one of them. My experience is also what a lot of traditionalists are trying to say. So we are lucky that it isn't in our neighborhood.
That isn't to say this is all much ado about nothing. No, the problem is real. Even if it exists in just a few corners of the Internet, it can have a lot of far-reaching conclusions. That small bit of Anti-Semitism can damage our ability to witness. Furthermore, we want those people on the Internet who read blogs. They take things passionately, and they are serious about our beliefs. Like any movement, traditionalists can use more serious individuals. Yet they aren't going to give us a second look if they don't see that we really and truly oppose this crap.
If we are wondering what we can do to make others stand up, we need to do more to show that this kind of stuff actually has an impact, and the damage it creates is real, because to the majority of Catholics, they look at us the same way. We really are a bunch of irrelevant scrubs who are talking about issues they have no clue about. Such a message isn't appealing to the ego, yet if you want to be an effective witness, the first thing you need to do is tell your ego to knock it off.