has been involved in several extremist movements, including "radical traditionalist Catholicism," Holocaust denial and the neo-Confederate movement.
In the late 1970s, an extremist Catholic sect ordained Cathey, but he didn't maintain the faith and became a North Carolina state archivist shortly thereafter.
In the first years of the 21st century, Cathey
aided an extremist takeover attempt aimed at the Sons of Confederate Veterans
, a Southern heritage group.
For three decades, radical right-wing activist and author Boyd Cathey has worked to bridge mainstream conservative politics and the far-right fringe worlds of Holocaust denial, extremist Catholicism, and racially tinged neo-Confederate causes.
As a young man, Cathey studied in Argentina, Spain and Switzerland at institutions run by the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), a "radical traditionalist Catholic" sect that was censured by the Vatican for refusing to comply with modern theological reforms (including reconciliation with Jews and other faiths), and Opus Dei, a far-right Catholic organization that long supported Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
According to an SSPX newsletter, Cathey
was ordained in 1979 and went on to teach at the society's seminary in Ridgefield, Conn.
Two years later, he
landed a job at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
, where he
has worked ever since as an archivist in the Resource Management branch.
After taking his job as a state archivist, Cathey began cultivating ties to far-right journals and groups, starting with Southern Partisan magazine.
The mastheads of subsequent issues of Southern Partisan
- from 1984 to 1999 - variously identified Cathey
as a contributor, editor, or senior adviser.
In 1988, Cathey was named North Carolina co-chair for the presidential campaign of anti-gay televangelist and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, who is known for espousing conspiracy theories involving Jewish bankers and Freemasons.
During the 1992 Buchanan campaign, Cathey was exposed for having joined the editorial advisory committee of the Journal of Historical Review in 1989.
As early as 1996, Cathey
claimed that he
had quit his
But seven years later, in 2003, the group's leader was still saying that Cathey was on IHR's advisory committee, and Cathey's name remained on IHR's website.
More recently, Cathey
became a key player in the multi-year attempt by racist extremists to assume control of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
Wilson replaced that officer with Cathey
, whom Wilson had earlier appointed to the SCV's
In June 2003, Cathey
, propagandizing for extremist SCV members in the continuing internal battle for control of the organization, called for increased activism from its members.
also complained bitterly of the "immense numbers of 'Yankees' and 'Latinos'" who have moved to the South and "change[d] our society."