What do the Family Research Council, Aryan Nations, and the home of Spokane’s Singing Nuns have in common? They’re all on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of “hate groups.” Mount Saint Michael, home to a Latin Rite or Tridentine Catholic church, school, and convent north of Spokane, Wash., has been listed since 2006 by the law center as a radical traditional Catholic group and accused of anti-Semitic activities.
The designations made the news again last week when the SPLC released the annual update of its “Hate Map” of groups across the country. The map now includes interactive, easy-to-use online graphics. The Rev. Casimir Puskorius, pastor of Mount Saint Michael, told The Spokesman-Review the listing is “very unfair” and contends “it’s a result of a liberal organization taking issue with the teachings of a conservative Christian group.” Puskorius added, “We considered suing them, some years ago, but they have more resources than us.”