Sungenis is an anti-science traditionalist Catholic who praised the infamously anti-semitic Father Coughlin and others. His film is produced by the same company that gave us Dinesh D’souza’s recent anti Obama film, “Expelled,” and other insanely wrong fundamentalist Christian movies.
The film’s executive producer is Robert Sungenis, a “geocentrist” who co-authored a book entitled Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right. Sungenis is also a “radical traditionalist” Catholic, meaning he rejects that church’s liberalizing reforms of recent decades, who has railed against Jews for much of his adult life.
Sungenis, who started a group called Catholic Apologetics International (CAI) in 1993, is one of the most rabid anti-Semites of the radical traditionalist movement. He has questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust, and cited the neo-Nazi canard that there were about as many Jews living in Europe after World War II as before, a plain falsehood. His CAI website has blamed Jews for starting a “New World Order” and referred to the alleged “Jewish origins of bolshevism, Jewish dominance of Hollywood and the media, [and] Jewish control of Congress.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, “The Principle” is being distributed in North America by Rocky Mountain Pictures, based in Salt Lake City. That is the same company, according to a fawning recent piece about the movie on christiancinema.com, that distributed right-wing favorites including Dinesh D’Souza’s “Obama 2016,” Ben Stein’s “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” and Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” Like Sungenis, Gibson is known as a radical traditionalist Catholic.Sungenis has frequently quoted the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia that “predicts the anti-Christ will come from Jewry.” He has been a columnist for the radical publication The Remnant, where he wrote a piece entitled “The New World Order and the Zionist Connection” that detailed a Satanic conspiracy to rule the earth and claimed, “Among the major forces in the ascent of the New World Order are the Jews, Judaism and Israel.” Although he once produced two series for EWTN, the Catholic TV network, that ended after he published a 33,000-word, anti-Semitic attack on an official Catholic Church statement on converting Jews. That 2002 attack praised vicious anti-Semites including Father Charles Coughlin, the “radio priest” of the 1930s, as “dedicated Catholic priests who lived impeccable lives.”