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Pope Benedict Has A Jewish Problem…9/11 Problem Too

January 25, 2009

I have always thought the most intriguing political place in the world is the Vatican.  Far more than Washington, D.C., the veiled power brokers and deal makers in the Vatican, led by the Pope, and aided by many motivated and manipulative men makes this place worthy of our attention.  How and why things are done, in the way they are, is a dark mystery.  Sometimes as is the case today, it is also just ridiculous.

Given the fact that Pope Benedict XVI has issues with Jews dating back to his time in Nazi Germany might lead one to assume that he would do no more to inflame the situation.  But no……..

The Pope revoked the excommunications of four schismatic bishops on Saturday, including one whose comments denying the Holocaust have provoked outrage.

The decision provided fresh fuel for critics who charge that Benedict’s four-year-old papacy has increasingly moved in line with traditionalists who are hostile to the sweeping reforms of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s that sought to create a more modern and open church.

A theologian who has grappled with the church’s diminished status in a secular world, Benedict has sought to foster a more ardent, if smaller, church over one with looser faith.

But while the revocation may heal one internal rift, it may also open a broader wound, alienating the church’s more liberal adherents and jeopardizing 50 years of Vatican efforts to ease tensions with Jewish groups.

Among the men reinstated Saturday was Richard Williamson, a British-born cleric who in an interview last week said he did not believe that six million Jews died in the Nazi gas chambers. He has also given interviews saying that the United States government staged the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext to invade Afghanistan.

The four reinstated men are members of the Society of St. Pius X, which was founded by a French archbishop, Marcel Lefebvre, in 1970 as a protest against the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council, also called Vatican II. Archbishop Lefebvre made the men bishops in unsanctioned consecrations in Switzerland in 1988, prompting the immediate excommunication of all five by Pope John Paul II.

Later that year, Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, sought to regularize the church’s relationship with the society. And as pope, he has made reinstating the Lefebvrists an important personal cause.

Indeed, even though the Society has given no public signs that it would reverse its rejection of Vatican II, one Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity on Saturday because talks were continuing, said that the Vatican was willing to discuss making the group a personal prelature. Pope John Paul II did the same with another conservative group, Opus Dei.

Opus Dei, of course is a most ultraconservative and strange group that is best known for propping up Francisco Franco’s Spanish dictatorship,  a truly ‘Christian’ operation directed from Rome.  Is is any wonder we are drawn to the Vatican to watch as the Catholic power brokers go about their machinations?

  1. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 28, 2009 11:47 AM

    Don’t get your underwear all bunged up. Read this from Father Jonathan on the Foxnews Blog:

    Particularly pay attention to the following:

    By lifting the censure of ex-communication of their four bishops (ordained without Vatican approval in 1988), Pope Benedict is removing a legal–”canonical”–barrier for the bishops and their followers to return eventually to the fold, if they choose.

    An essential condition for “rehabilitation” completely missed by the media.

    But an invitation of this kind always comes with a condition: believe and obey what the Catholic Church authoritatively teaches on faith and morals, in conformity with the Gospel. This body of Church teaching would include the recognition of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) that officially and famously condemned all forms of anti-Semitism.

    You can go back to poking fun at Sarah Palin now.

  2. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 26, 2009 9:47 AM

    So tell us, who was really behind the grassy knoll?

  3. Catharine permalink
    January 26, 2009 5:29 AM

    The excommunication was lifted and that’s all. These four men are still suspended and this group is still in “schism”. This has more to do with canon law and the nut case Williamson’s crazy ideas are not at all shared by either the Pope or the Vatican. It has absolutely nothing to do with the lifting of the excommunication. There are lots of sinners in the RCC and other churches. It is the human condition. To believe in the Shoa or not has never been a doctrinal aspect of any Christian denomination. Anyhow, this Williamson is such a rat, he knew exactly when to make mischief because he does not want his ultra-conservative group to ever be in unity with the “modern” RCC. The Pope has doen the pastoral thing on canonical grounds. Now it is up to those nutters to either change or stay outside for ever.
    Perhaps Williamson can now be reigned in

  4. January 25, 2009 3:47 PM

    Opus Dei also figured largely in the plot of The Da Vinci Code. Given the success of DVC and Pope Benedict’s bizarre actions, it’s only a matter of time before we see a thriller/conspiracy novel/film involving Pope Benedict, Opus Dei, the Society of Pius X and a secret document proving that the holocaust and the 911 attacks were staged by the U.S. government in order to gain the goodwill of the world and take over control of the Mideast’s oil supply.

  5. January 25, 2009 2:05 PM

    If, for just moment, you’d stop reading politics into everything, you might have clear vision.

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