Pope lifts excommunications of 4 bishops
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was a Catholic rebel. He denounced the mass implemented in Vatican II and continued to serve a Latin mass, and to lead a worldwide movement against the church's more modern dogma from Paul VI on. Dissent is not a welcome competency for Catholic officials.
Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent 20 years ago by the late French ultraconservative Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Vatican announced Saturday. (They were excommunicated along with Lefebvre himself, in 1988; note that the long-dead Lefebvre was not included in this forgiveness... he not only consecrated these 4 but led a group known as the Society of Saint Pius X to split from Rome...something I predict will happen with the American Catholic Church if Benedict is Pope for long.)
Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Alfonso de Galarreta and Richard Williamson are the 4 in question. Of them, Williamson, British-born, is controversial (perhaps abhorrent is a better word)for his views on the Holocaust. Bishop Williamson denies that six million Jews were deliberately slaughtered during the Holocaust and has embraced the infamous anti-Semitic forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" as fact. In Sweden this week, Williamson strengthened this point of view by saying "I believe there were no gas chambers" and only up to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, instead of six million ...
It is unlikely that Benedict... John Paul's own personal "Darth Vader", who never should have been proclaimed Pope, was unaware of Williamson's position (Benedict is German, himself, and joined Hitler youth, but it has been proven that he did so against his will, and that he and his family rebelled against the Nazi regime, with Benedict even deserting from the military). Benedict doesn't really care, in my opinion...his proclamations in the last 4 years have created strains between the Catholic church and the Orthodox church, Protestants, Islam, and the Jewish faith. He even declined to see the Dalai Lama, spurning Buddhism.
It's with deep shame that I watch this man (who advocates strongly against the use of condoms) bring a Nazi sentimentalist back into the fold of the church. Don't think that he'll bow to world pressure to repudiate the act, either. He doesn't mind the shock and outcry from Jews the world over.
Have a little taste of the anti-Semite, Williamson's politics, below. A bigot.
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