[quote=nobody]Did Padre Pio actually say this? This isn’t church teaching, is it? Silly question - I know it’s not. Why would Padre Pio say this, if he really did?
To answer your questions: There is no evidence Padre Pio said this. It is most certainly not Church teaching, even if Padre Pio did say it. If he did say (which I strongly doubt), why he said it is unknown to me.
Here are a few possibilities to explain the quote:
It is authentic.
It is false, and is being repeated here by people who don’t know it is false.
It is false, and is being repeated here by people who know it is false.
There is no evidence for option 1. Charity rules out option 3. That leaves option 2 as being the most likely.
Consider: Padre Pio’s canonization is a recent event. It is in the news. If the quote were indeed authentic, where is the outraged news coverage about the Church trying to canonize an “anti-Semite”? Nowhere that I can find.
A Google for the exact quote turned up on a site for “recovering Catholics.” Hardly looks reputable. Note there is no source citation for the quote, and the page is headed with “Official Catholic Antisemitic Teachings.” Even if Padre Pio did write or say these words, they are hardly official Church teaching as a result.
The quote also appears here (a neo-Nazi site), again without source citation.
And then there’s this “Catholic” anti-Semitic site, which repeats the blood libel legend and mirrors the link above from the neo-Nazi Holy War site. Again, there is no source citation for the quote.
Here again we find the quote without source citation. Considering this site is some sort of weird pro-Catholic, anti-Semitic, Holocaust denier site, I’d take everything on it with a huge grain of salt. In keeping with the anti-Semitic, white supremacist theme, the quote pops up (again without source citation) on this neo-Nazi message board. The quote (unsourced) also pops up on the Catholic Pages message board with a link to the Who Is Right site referenced at the beginning of this paragraph. For other neo-Nazi-esque sites that reference this quote, always without source citation, click here and here.
Finally, I found the quote, again without source citation, at this location as well. This last site is a mess of anti-Catholicism, Oneness Pentacostalism, and anti-Pauline screeds apparently cobbled together by some sort of Messianic Jewish/Christian group.
So, Google comes up with nine sites based on my search. Of the nine, two are explicitly anti-Catholic. The other seven are white supremacist sites. Not a single one of these sites actually provides the source of the alleged quote.
– Mark L. Chance.