Pages

Buy Books and Support Cathcon


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pope provokes a new ice age with Jews

Reactions 
Papst provoziert neue Eiszeit mit Juden:

Pope Benedict has by this seemingly incomprehensible act of provocation against the Jews made a serious mistake," said the Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, on Sunday in an interview with Handelsblatt.com. "In any case, it is almost the equivalent to an abnegation of the dialogue with Judaism as now a group decidedly hostile to Jews, which only a few weeks ago in an official letter again designated the Jews as ‘God murderers' are officially brought back into the bosom of the Church.

Further commments from Papal spokesman

Reactions 
Cathcon translation Papst-Sprecher zu Lefebvre: “Eine schöne Nachricht” A very good piece of news.

"Looking back on the divisions within the church over the centuries shows that there splits of the Church have led to a consolidation of these divisions. The Pope has already spoken about this. He is convinced that we all need to do everything for those who want unity to make it possible. "

"Cardinal Ratzinger in 1988 negotiated extensively himself with Archbishop Lefebvre and tried even then to do everything for the unity of the church. He did not succeed however at that time, and Lefebvre’s Episcopal ordinations, which he carried out without papal approval, caused a serious fracture. However, in recent years, several communities which were connected with the Lefebvre movement, returned to full ecclesial communion."

"The Motu Proprio of Pope on the Mass, the Congregation of the Faith document on the subject of church and several opinions on the correct understanding of the Council in accordance with the tradition - all of this, of course, has created a favourable climate. The bishops of the Priestly Society of St Pius X have requested withdrawal of the excommunication and explicitly said they want to belong to the Catholic Church."

"It is very good that the withdrawal of the excommunication of coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the announcement of the Council by the Vatican. This fundamental event can now no longer be seen as a reason for tensions, but for fundamental unity."

"The text of the decree makes clear that the road to full unity is not yet complete. For example, the status of the Society and the priests who belong to it is not defined by the decree. But the whole Church is praying with the Pope that there will be a complete unity, without any doubt attached."

Feast of the Sacred Heart at a SSPX Seminary

Reactions 

What a disaster for the Church that such priests were suspended and their bishops excommunicate.



Pope's Israel visit still on

Reactions 
in spite of the lifting of the excommunications.:

Pope Benedict is still due to visit to Israel in May, an Israeli official said on Sunday, despite angering Jews worldwide by re-admitting a bishop who has denied the full extent of the Nazi genocide of six million Jews.

Israel's national Holocaust museum and memorial decried as 'scandalous' Benedict's decision to lift excommunications on British-born bishop, Richard Williamson, who has said there were no gas chambers and only 300 000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps in World War Two.
An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, however, the pontiff's planned visit in May to Israel was not in doubt.

'We believe that the question of excommunicating or not excommunicating a member of the Roman Catholic church is an internal matter for the church,' said Robert Rozet of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

'Nevertheless, we find it scandalous that a member of the church at this high level of bishop has views of denying the Holocaust,' Rozet said.

Israeli Foreign Minister spokesperson Yigal Palmor, asked if the Pope's decision would have an impact on his planned visit, replied: 'No. This has nothing to do with relations between states.'"

The prison where the Nazis imprisoned Archbishop Lefebrve's father

Reactions 

for working in the Resistance and helping British intelligence- St Gilles in Brussels. He was then deported to Germany, condemned to death but died of "natural" causes in Sonnenburg labour camp in February 1944. He managed to conceal a Missal and an Imitation- every day he recited outloud a De Profundis for all the dead of the camp.


See also The Priests of Dachau

The whole story including Bishop Williamson's original video interview and an English translation of Der Spiegel's coverage.

Pope John XXIII begins the Second Vatican Council

Reactions 



Almost 46 disastrous years later, there are signs of hope of recovery.

50 years ago today, the first announcement of the Council was made.

Dismay as Pope welcomes Holocaust bishop Williamson back into Church -Times Online

Reactions 
Concern from Jewish groups publicly and some left-wing prelate privately.

Renzo Gattegna, head of the Union of Jewish Communities in Italy, said that the rehabilitation of Bishop Williamson was "terrible not only for Jewish people but for the whole of humanity". He said Italian Jews would refuse to take part in joint prayers with Christians on Tuesday marking Holocaust Day, known in Italy as "The Day of Memory".

"The Church will pay a price for this," one Vatican prelate said. "The Pope is undermining the legacy of John Paul II". Others recalled that before his election three years ago Pope Benedict's hardline conservatism as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the successor to the Inquisition - had earned him the nickname "the Panzerkardinal".

"This is not so much an act of grace as a surrender" said Marci Politi, the veteran Vatican watcher. Benedict wanted a new era of reconciliation, "but the new era has begun with a lie. The Pope has made a openly-declared and unshakeable anti-Semite a legitimate Bishop".

Archbishop Lefebvre, who died in 1991, had set up "a fanatical and reactionary counter-Church which openly contested, repudiated and defamed all the crucial points of Vatican II, from respect for the Jews to modernisation of the liturgy" Mr Politi said. Gianni Gennari, a theologian and contributor to the Italian Catholic daily Avvenire, said it was "shameful that the lifting of the excommunications was not accompanied by any repentance whatever on the part of the Lefebvrists".

Mr Politi thinks traditionalism to be a temptation.

And don't cry for us, Mr Gennari.

Lengthy analysis at Inside the Vatican

Catholic schools are changing

Reactions 

Feast of the Conversion of St Paul

Reactions 



Paul is as much to say as the mouth of a trumpet or of sense; or marvellously chosen, or a miracle of election. Or Paul is said of pause, that is rest, in Hebrew, or it is said little, in Latin. And by this be understood six prerogatives which Paul had before the other apostles. The first is a fruitful tongue, for he replenished the gospel from Jerusalem to Jericho, and therefore he is said the mouth of a trump. The second was virtuous charity, for he said: Who is sick, and I am not sick? and therefore he is said mouth of sense or understanding. The third is conversion much marvellous, and therefore he is said marvellously chosen, for he was marvellously chosen and converted. The fourth is the hand working, and therefore he is said marvellous of election, for it was a great miracle when he chose to get his dispenses with the labour of his hands, and to preach without ceasing. The fifth was contemplation delicious, for rest of thought is required in contemplation, for he was ravished unto the third heaven. The sixth was humility virtuous, and therefore he is said little From the Golden Legend

Bishop Williamson - Fox News report

Reactions 
Link to video

And on the front of the New York Times

"We are Church" criticizes Papal decision

Reactions 
"Wir sind Kirche" kritisiert Papst-Entscheidung

"Shows retrograde direction of the papacy of Benedict XVI."
Vienna - The Catholic grass-roots movement "We Are Church" has criticised the lifting of the excommunication of the four ultra-conservative followers of the late Archbishop Marcel (Cathcon- they can’t even get the name right) Lefebvre by Pope Benedict XVI.. "The lifting of the excommunication shows the retrograde direction of the papacy of Benedict XVI.", the organization announced in a press release.

They pointed out that the decision had been taken on the 50th Anniversary of the announcement of the Vatican by (Cathcon addition - Pope)John XXIII. With the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church opened its door to other religions and initiated a modernization process. Traditionalist circles, such as those to Lefebvre, see the council decisions, however, as a dilution of Catholic doctrine.
Reconciliation readiness

The withdrawal of the excommunication of Lefebvre supporters "may be seen as an encouraging sign of the Pope's willingness for reconciliation to be seen," writes "We Are Church". "There remains a bad taste," especially since the Pope only stretched out one of his two arms. "Would it not now be time, with the second arm also to bring home those, who were punished by teaching bans and excommunication because they represented the good news of Jesus as a political structure for the poor of this world or consecrated women priests or supported the use of condoms to protect against AIDS " asks the organization, which collected in the 1990s signatures of hundreds of thousands of Austrian Catholics for the priesthood of women and the lifting of the celibacy.

"The picture that Benedict XVI conveys is no future, but is stuck the past. Many committed Christians from all over the world were excommunicated because they are continued with unwanted acts to make the church 'contemporary'. For them the Pope did not stretch out his arms, rather it means they are still not welcome," criticized the platform in its release.

Comments from Jewish groups about the lifting of the excommunications.

Reactions 
Rabbi- The whole Church contaminated
From the German NTV

"The whole Church is contaminated" according to Rabbi David Rosen and Giuseppe Laras, President of the Italian Rabbis says,

"It was not necessary for the Vatican to take this step at a delicate phase in Judeo-Christian dialogue has been done. "We cannot see into the Pope's head, not even do we want to, but it is certainly not an action that reduces tension."

Cathcon will just be translating new material in any article. See the blog for the whole story as it develops.
The umbrella organization of Jewish organizations in France called Williamson a "heinous liar whose sole objective is to stire the age-old hatred of Jews."

Vatican distances itself from Williamson
Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Paris said on Saturday that the desire of the pope for unity of the church is understandable, but the reconciliation of Williamson will disadvantage the Vatican and its international reputation, especially as the Pope was a German.


Swiss Jewish community concerned.

The Swiss Jews are concerned that Richard Williamson again belongs to the Catholic church. The Vatican with the repeal the excommunication will "symbolically cover over" his revisionist views.

The relations between Jews and Christians were sensitive, said the Vice-President of the Swiss Jewish Community Federation (SIG). Such an approach of the Vatican could affect the re-convergence of the two religions.


Yad Vashem Comment regarding Bishop Williamson

The reinstatement is an internal Church matter. However, it is scandalous that someone of this stature in the Church denies the Holocaust. Denial of the Holocaust not only insults the survivors, memory of the victims, and the Righteous Among the Nations who risked their lives to rescue Jews, it is a brutal attack on Truth. Even if the revocation of the excommunication is unrelated to Williamson’s comments regarding the Holocaust, what kind of message is this sending regarding the Church’s attitude toward the Holocaust? Although we understand that Williamson’s statements do not represent the Church’s stance, we continue to hope that the Church will vigorously condemn these unacceptable and odious comments.


International Holocaust Memorial Day falls on Tuesday- the day that Auschwitz was liberated.

Pope's visit to Israel still on