The Vichy government asks the Vatican for its official opinion on the Vichy anti-Semitic laws. Leon Berard, the Vichy ambassador to the Vatican, reports back that anti-Semitic laws are not only acceptable to the Vatican, but in fact probably preferred.
Leon Berard writes:
"I have never been told anything which — from the standpoint of the Holy See — implied criticism and disapproval of the legislative and administrative acts in question. ...
It would be unreasonable, in a Christian state, to permit [the Jews] to exercise the functions of government and thus to submit the Catholics to their authority. Consequently it is legitimate to bar them from public functions. ...
I was told by an authorized spokesman at the Vatican: we will not in the least be reprimanded for this statute on the Jews."
At this point, the Vatican could have expressed reservations, doubts, concerns, or even a straightforward condemnation of racial anti-Semitism and punitive anti-Semitic legislation. There was little to no risk to the Vatican directly and certainly little risk that the situation for Jews in Vichy would have become worse had any criticism been made.
Despite many pronouncements against racial anti-Semitism and repeated claims that while religious anti-Semitism is good, racial anti-Semitism is very different and is bad, in this case the Vatican gives its explicit approval to racial anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic laws.