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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Times leader attacks Pope over lifting of excommunications

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Now is the time for all good Catholics to come to the defence of the Pope. Cathcon has zero time for Bishop Williamson's holocaust denial, not least because he should have been preaching the Cross of Christ on Swedish TV but also because it indicates he has about as much love for truth in history as the most ardent modernist has in religion and is totally deficient in the matter of charity.

But what exactly is The Times accusing the Pope of?

Again another comment from my hand on the Articles of Faith blog on The Times

I will post at greater length about Bishop Williamson and my utter distaste for his views but one thing occurred to me today was just how modern a Bishop he is. The Pope has been critical of the tendency of bishops to behave like Popes (albeit confined in most cases to their Dioceses) following the powers devolved to them by the Second Vatican Council . Free expression has been the result, unconstrained in some cases by Scripture, Tradition and the constant Magisterium of the Church, constraints which the Pope himself has to operate under.

Strange then that Bishop Williamson takes freedom in his expression to the very limit, a tendency that he would surely deplore if applied to any Bishop but himself. I,for one, only want to hear from Bishops pronouncements on Faith and Morals. The universal law of the Church is the salvation of souls. How Bishop Williamson thought he was fulfilling this supreme law with his comments, I just do not know? I heard him preach once. He assured at great length (if that is the right word!) the congregation that the anti-Christ was approaching and may have already been born but had not been recognised yet. The same question applies.

Sadly, I suspect that Bishop Williamson when he became a Catholic did not leave psychologically his no Popery attitudes at the door, which explains why of all the four bishops he is the most recalcitrant when it comes to reconciliation with the Holy See.

What a way he has chosen to end his career being the second most famous anti-semitic excommunicate after Luther! And after this episode, hopefully we never hear again about posthumously lifting the excommunication on Luther given his views on Jews which make Williamson’s look mild. And the Bishop’s career will be ended for sure, unlike other traditionalists for whom glory beckons.

The Bishop has apologised to the Vatican but he now needs to make an act of reparation to Jews throughout the world. Acts of reparation have fallen into desuetude in the modern Church but it is a practice still found practiced by traditional Catholics
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