Monday, January 26, 2009
People who know me and who are familiar with my blog understand I am no fan of the Catholic church and its current Pope. Here’s yet another reason why.
Pope Benedict XVI has decided to lift the excommunication of a British bishop who denies that 6 million Jews were killed in gas chambers at the hands of the Nazis.
The pope’s decree, issued Saturday, brings back into the Catholic Church’s fold Bishop Richard Williamson and three other bishops who belong to the Society of Saint Pius X.
“I believe that the historical evidence is strongly against, is hugely against, 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler. I believe there were no gas chambers. I think that 200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but none of them by gas chambers.”
Folks, the rejection that 6 million Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers is a revisionist spin on history and is embraced by the likes of the Aryan Nation, David Duke, and the Christian Party. For these anti-Semitic extremists, denying the veracity of the Holocaust is the glue that binds them together.
But least we be surprised that Pope Benedict XVI would take such an action.
Long before becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI was known simply as Joseph Alois Ratzinger in Bavaria, Germany and at age 14, he enrolled in the Hitler Youth. Ratzinger even then trained in the German infantry, but were it not for an illness precluding him from the usual rigours of military duty, he would have served in anti-aircraft division of the Nazi military.
For me, the Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee said it best when he issued this response to Pope Benedict XVI’s outrageous action:
“Welcoming an open holocaust denier into the Catholic Church without any recantation on his part, the Vatican has made a mockery of John Paul II’s moving and impressive repudiation and condemnation of anti-Semitism.”