Wednesday, March 11, 2009

German Chancellor justifies her criticism of the Pope

Merkel rechtfertigt Kritik am Papst - Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

For her criticism of Pope Benedict XVI over the Williamson affair Angela Merkel has been severly criticised in her own party. Now the Chancellor says that a denial of the Holocaust should never be without consequences. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has defended her public criticism of the Pope in the affair of the Holocaust denier Richard Williamson. Her statements as the German Chancellor were necessary, she said to the "Bild"-Zeitung on Wednesday. It was for them part of the German state that "a denial of the Holocaust cam never remain without consequences in the space can remain."

At the same time they stressed that the personal attitude of the Pope to the Shoah was "beyond doubt". The fact that she was Protestant, played no role in her statement (Cathcon- methinks the Frau Chancellor protesteth too much- she is a Lutheran pastor's daughter). Pope Benedict XVI lifted in January the excommunication of Williamson, although the traditionalist bishop recently had denied the Holocaust in an interview. On the debate about the profile and the values of the CDU, the Chancellor said: "I am thus in the CDU, because the 'C' for 'Christian' is in name and does not hide it." From the Christian image of man presides over the party does. "This grows our three roots: the Christian-social, liberal and conservative." The Union needs all three movements, "As with them we reach out in the party to very different people".

The CDU is so Christian that it votes for embryonic stem cell importation.

From Wikepedia by way of background
Gerd Langguth, a former senior member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union states in a book that the family's ability to travel freely from East to West Germany during the following years, as well as their possession of two automobiles, leads to the conclusion that Merkel's father had a 'sympathetic' relationship with the communist regime, since such freedom and perquisites for a Christian pastor and his family would have been otherwise impossible in East Germany.

Like most pupils, Merkel was a member of the official, socialist-led youth movement Free German Youth (FDJ). Later she became a member of the district board and secretary for "Agitprop" (agitation and propaganda) at the Academy of Sciences in that organisation. However, she did not take part in the secular coming of age ceremony Jugendweihe, which was common in East Germany, and was confirmed instead.

More soon on the damage Bishop Williamson has done to the ruling coalition in Germany.
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