Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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The Pope has ordered an ultra-conservative bishop from Britain to recant his denial that Jews died in gas chambers during the Holocaust.
In a move designed to head off condemnation, Pope Benedict XVI ordered Bishop Richard Williamson to unequivocally and publicly renounce his claims that there were no gas chambers and that fewer than 300,000 Jews died in the Nazi death camps instead of the accepted figure of six million.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and many politicians, prelates and faith leaders have rounded on the Pope after his decision to lift excommunications on Bishop Williamson, an Old Wykehamist and Cambridge graduate, and three other traditionalist bishops.
The Vatican said: “Bishop Williamson, in order to be admitted to episcopal functions within the Church, will have to take his distance, in an absolutely unequivocal and public fashion, from his position on the Shoah, which the Holy Father was not aware of when the excommunication was lifted.”
1. N. Summo Pontifici et universali Patri pax vita et salus perpetua!
2. N. Reverendissimo Episcopo et universo clero ac populo ei commisso pax, vita et salus perpetua!
3. Tempora bona veniant! Pax Christi veniat! Regnum Christi veniat!
How long before a full and unreserved apology directed towards the Jewish people generally and the families of Holocaust survivors and survivors still living is forthcoming?
Before anything the Central Council of German Jews need to distance themselves from Mr Friedman's outrageous statements about the Pope.
The Pope is untrustworthy, a liar and a hypocrite says former Vice-President of the Central Council of German Jews
In the dispute over the readmission of the Holocaust denier Williamson into the church, Chancellor Merkel gets the support of her deputy, Steinmeier. Bishop Mixa of Augsburg sees in her words on the other hand, a "diplomatic and political mistake."
"The attitude of the Pope on the Holocaust and his inalienable sympathy for the Jews as the older brothers of Christians has been very clearly expressed," said Walter Mixa said loudly and clearly on Wednesday. "The Holy Father does not require coaching from the head of the German government." In matters of the Catholic Church and the Pope, the German head of state should show sensitivity. Also, the CSU politician Bernd Posselt warned the Chancellor about wishing to become the senior teacher of the Pope.
Supportive help from her deputy
Vice-Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) on the other hand, strongly supports the position of Angela Merkel (CDU), according tp the spokesman for Steinmeier, Jens Plötner. The Chancellor also phoned on Wednesday the chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch. Merkel had extensive discussions with Zollitsch said the spokesman for the Chancellor, Ulrich Wilhelm. The conversation held was initiated by the Chancellor.
At the same time Wilhelm reiterated the statement of Merkel on Tuesday that she would not concern herself in internal church affairs. In the case of Holocaust denial, however, there was a political dimension, in particular against the background of German history. The chancellor had always kept out of church affairs, and wished to do so in the future. From a crisis in relations with the Vatican Wilhelm did not want to say anything: "I have no knowledge about that." The chancellor was "moved by the theme."
Wilhelm also pointed out that the Chancellor does not doubt the attitude of Pope Benedict XVI to the Holocaust. This was made clear by the Pope, among other occasions, during his visit to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Central Council of Jews outraged
Even after the call by the Vatican to Williamson, " to withdraw clearly and publicly” his denial of the Holocaust, the Central Council of Jews is outraged over the issue. Secretary Stephan Kramer believes the reaction from the Vatican to the criticism of the approach of the Pope not to have been consistent enough. Kramer said that although it is a "right step". But not enough. It was not only about Williamson, but about the fundamental question of how to deal with the SSPX.
It is unacceptable that the Pope did not know Williamson’s opinion, at the time of lifting the excommunication. The Pope opposed this stance, as he himself had emphasized a week previously.
Friedman insults Pope calling him a liar
Also, the TV presenter and former Vice-President of the Central Council of German Jews, Michel Friedman, sharply attacked Pope Benedict XVI. "The Pope is untrustworthy, a liar and a hypocrite, if he wishes to sell himself on the one hand someone who stands on the basis of cooperation and coexistence between Jews and Christians, who struggles against all anti-Semites in the world and who fights against any Holocaust deniers, yet those same people he absorbs intp the Vatican with open arms, "Friedman said according to the report of the Hessischer Rundfunk magazine "Main Tower".
Perhaps Mr Friedman would like to take some time off from his Pope hatred to apologise to the women he forced into prostitution. The man that had to apologise to the German nation, but could not bring himself to apologise to his victims, has no right in the slightest to attack the Pope in this manner.
See also Rabbi says reaction to the Bishop is over the top and to judge by some of the reactions that Cathcon is getting to the above- utterly counter- productive.
These same people give nothing like the recognition to Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium that they deserve, but for the Decrees of Vatican II everything.
Lets have a petition to recognise unreservedly the decrees of all the previous Councils! And one especially to recognise the decisions of the Council of Trent!
A NOTE OF THE SECRETARIAT OF STATE
Following the reactions caused by the recent Decree of the Congregation for Bishops, with which the excommunication of the four Prelates of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X was remitted, and regarding the negationist or reductionist declarations on the Shoah from Bishop Williamson, of the same Fraternity, it is considered convenient to clarify a few aspects of past events.
1. Remmission of the excommunication.
As already published previously, the Decree of the Congregation for Bishops, dated January 21, 2009, was an act by which the Holy Father graciously responded to the reiterated requests by the Superior General of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X.
His Holiness desired to remove an obstacle which prevented the opening of a door to dialogue. He now expects that an equal disposition will be expressed by the four Bishops in complete adherence to the doctrine and the discipline of the Church.
The extremely grave censure of latae sententiae excommunication, in which the aforementioned Bishops had incurred on June 30, 1988, then formally declared on July 1 of the same year, was a consequence of their illegitimate ordinarion by Mons. Marcel Lefebvre.
The removal of the excommunication released the four Bishops from an extremely grave canonical censure, but has not changed the juridical position of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X which, at the current moment, does not enjoy any canonical recognition by the Catholic Church. Not even the four Bishops, though released from the excommunication, have a canonical function in the Church and they do not exercise licitly a ministry in it.
2. Tradition, doctrine, and the Second Vatican Council.
For a future recognition of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X, the full recognition of the Second Vatican Council and of the Magisterium of Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, and of the same Benedict XVI is an indispensable condition
As it was already affirmed in the Decree of January 21, 2009, the Holy See will not avoid, in the forms judged appropriate, to deepen the the interested party the still open questions, so as to be able to reach a full and satisfactory resolution of the problems which originated this painful division.
3. Declarations on the Shoah
The positions of Mons. Williamson on the Shoah are absolutely unacceptable and firmly refuted by the Holy Father, as he himself remarked on the past January 28, when, referring to that brutal genocide, reaffirmed his full and unquestionable solidarity with our Brethren receivers of the First Covenant, and affirmed that the memory of that terrible genocide must lead "mankind to reflect on the unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the heart of man", adding that the Shoah remains "for all a warning against forgetfulness, against denial or reductionism, because the violence against a single human being is violence against all".
Bishop Williamson, for an admission to episcopal functions in the Church, will also have to declare, in an absolutely unequivocal and public manner, distance from his positions regarding the Shoah, unknown to the Holy Father in the moment of the remmission of the excommunication.
The Holy Father asks to be joined by the prayers of all the faithful, so that the Lord may enlighten the path of the Church. May the effort of the Pastors and of all the faithful grow in support of the delicate and burdensome mission of the Successor of Apostle Peter as "custodian of the unity" in the Church.
From the Vatican, February 4, 2009.
NOTA DELLA SEGRETERIA DI STATO
A seguito delle reazioni suscitate dal recente Decreto della Congregazione per i Vescovi, con cui si rimette la scomunica ai quattro Presuli della Fraternità San Pio X, e in relazione alle dichiarazioni negazioniste o riduzioniste della Shoah da parte del Vescovo Williamson della medesima Fraternità, si ritiene opportuno chiarire alcuni aspetti della vicenda.
1. Remissione della scomunica.
Come già pubblicato in precedenza, il Decreto della Congregazione per i Vescovi, datato 21 gennaio 2009, è stato un atto con cui il Santo Padre veniva benignamente incontro a reiterate richieste da parte del Superiore Generale della Fraternità San Pio X.
Sua Santità ha voluto togliere un impedimento che pregiudicava l’apertura di una porta al dialogo. Egli ora si attende che uguale disponibilità venga espressa dai quattro Vescovi in totale adesione alla dottrina e alla disciplina della Chiesa.
La gravissima pena della scomunica latae sententiae, in cui detti Vescovi erano incorsi il 30 giugno 1988, dichiarata poi formalmente il 1° luglio dello stesso anno, era una conseguenza della loro ordinazione illegittima da parte di Mons. Marcel Lefebvre.
Lo scioglimento dalla scomunica ha liberato i quattro Vescovi da una pena canonica gravissima, ma non ha cambiato la situazione giuridica della Fraternità San Pio X, che, al momento attuale, non gode di alcun riconoscimento canonico nella Chiesa Cattolica. Anche i quattro Vescovi, benché sciolti dalla scomunica, non hanno una funzione canonica nella Chiesa e non esercitano lecitamente un ministero in essa.
2. Tradizione, dottrina e Concilio Vaticano II.
Per un futuro riconoscimento della Fraternità San Pio X è condizione indispensabile il pieno riconoscimento del Concilio Vaticano II e del Magistero dei Papi Giovanni XXIII, Paolo VI, Giovanni Paolo I, Giovanni Paolo II e dello stesso Benedetto XVI.
Come è già stato affermato nel Decreto del 21 gennaio 2009, la Santa Sede non mancherà, nei modi giudicati opportuni, di approfondire con gli interessati le questioni ancora aperte, così da poter giungere ad una piena e soddisfacente soluzione dei problemi che hanno dato origine a questa dolorosa frattura.
3. Dichiarazioni sulla Shoah.
Le posizioni di Mons. Williamson sulla Shoah sono assolutamente inaccettabili e fermamente rifiutate dal Santo Padre, come Egli stesso ha rimarcato il 28 gennaio scorso quando, riferendosi a quell’efferato genocidio, ha ribadito la Sua piena e indiscutibile solidarietà con i nostri Fratelli destinatari della Prima Alleanza, e ha affermato che la memoria di quel terribile genocidio deve indurre "l’umanità a riflettere sulla imprevedibile potenza del male quando conquista il cuore dell’uomo", aggiungendo che la Shoah resta "per tutti monito contro l’oblio, contro la negazione o il riduzionismo, perché la violenza fatta contro un solo essere umano è violenza contro tutti".
Il Vescovo Williamson, per una ammissione a funzioni episcopali nella Chiesa dovrà anche prendere in modo assolutamente inequivocabile e pubblico le distanze dalle sue posizioni riguardanti la Shoah, non conosciute dal Santo Padre nel momento della remissione della scomunica.
Il Santo Padre chiede l’accompagnamento della preghiera di tutti i fedeli, affinché il Signore illumini il cammino della Chiesa. Cresca l’impegno dei Pastori e di tutti i fedeli a sostegno della delicata e gravosa missione del Successore dell’Apostolo Pietro quale "custode dell’unità" nella Chiesa.
Dal Vaticano, 4 febbraio 2009
SPD chief calls on Catholics to disobey Pope (the guy calls himself "Catholic" and has said that his job is the second best after that of being Pope- he clearly has pretensions).
After Chancellor Merkel,the SPD chief Müntefering has also supported consequences for Benedict XVI in the Williamson case. He calls on Catholics to openly disobey the Pope. In the Vatican a conspiracy theory against "His Holiness" is in circulation.
"I think the rehabilitation of a bishop, who denies the Holocaust, as unacceptable. This is a serious, historic mistake which the church as quickly as possible must correct," said Franz Muentefering to the "Berliner Zeitung" from Thursday . Müntefering stressed that it does not help to clarify things, to explain or to relativize: "This must be corrected. It must further be without saying that the crimes of the Holocaust cannot be trivialised inside or inside the Church."
On the return of the disobedient SSPX, the SPD leader criticized the pope in person. When asked whether Benedict has lost his role as a moral authority, Muentefering said: "He has just clearly demonstrated that a Pope is not infallible. I can only recommend the Catholic Church in this country not to show any falseobedience. "Against the backdrop of the social influence of the church it was " serious "if the Vatican rehabilitate such a controversial man and gives rise to the suspicion that it does not fight anti-Semitism .
Merkel criticizes CSU
The Munich CSU politicians Bernd Posselt, meanwhile, attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel and warned her not to act as a head teacher of the pope. The chairman of the CSU Commission on Basic Principles, Alois Glück, called Merkel's handling of the Pope "unfortunate." It was "not the task of political office holders to comment on the Pope," he told the Financial Times Germany ".
The brother of the pope, Georg Ratzinger, was disappointed by the response to the Chancellor: "I have always seen her as a sensible woman. But perhaps she is currently also under pressure, that she now expressed herself in a way which she would have rationally not done. "The blanket criticism of the Pope showed how unjust society can be. "We are always talking about an information society, in truth, it is misinformed."
Conspiracy theory in the Vatican
At a highly anticipated weekly general audience in Rome on Wednesday, Benedict did not refer to the current dispute about the Holocaust. Already on Tuesday evening, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said that the condemnation of all Holocaust-denial by the Pope could "not be clearer."
In the Vatican, according to a Swedish newspaper report among others, there is speculation that the controversial interview, in which Williamson denied the gasingof Jews in the Nazi era was deliberately broadcast the interview at this time. According to this, the station scheduled the broadcast of interview on 21 January, three days before the fixed withdrawal of excommunication of Williamson and three other bishops broadcast in order to do as much harm as possible to the Pope.
Lombardi rejects criticism
The debate over the Lefebvre supporters and the British traditionalist bishop and Holocaust-denier, Richard Williamson, continues. Since criticism has been getting louder on the silence of the Pope in this matter especially from the German-speaking world, Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman made a further statement on Tuesday evening. The Pope had several times condemned statements that deny the Holocaust, Lombardi said clearly in German and Italian. The Vatican spokesman recalled the words of the Pope in the Cologne Synagogue in 2005, the Auschwitz concentration camp in 2006 and most recently at the General Audience on 28 January this year. The significant words of the Pope also applied to Bishop Richard Williamson, Lombardi explained, quoting:
"While I wish wholeheartedly again to express my full and unquestionable solidarity with our brothers, the participators in the first covenant, that the Shoah brings humanity to reflect on the unpredictable power of evil, if it lodges in the heart of the people take. The Shoah was a warning to all against forgetting, against any denial or reduction ... "
"The condemnation of statements that deny the Holocaust, could not be clearer, and from the context it can be concluded that this also extends to the positions of Bishop Williamson and all those who take similar positions."
The lifting of the excommunication of SSPX, to which the controversial Bishop Williamson belongs, have nothing to do with the legitimisation of statements that deny the Holocaust, said Lombardi continuing. Benedict condemns any denial of the Holocaust in the strongest terms.
Thus Lombardi also responded to criticism from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the attitude of the Pope in the discussion about dealing with the Holocaust. The Chancellor on Tuesday at a press conference in Berlin had called on Benedict XVI to express a clear position. Merkel said:
"It is generally not up to me, to pass judgement on church decisions or to comment on them. However, it is different when it comes to policy issues. And I think it's a question of principle, if a decision by the Vatican gives the impression that the denial of the Holocaust could be tolerated and that is also about fundamental issues of the relationship with Judaism goes. Therefore, this is not without consequences if one stands still on the matter. That is, in my opinion not only a matter for Christian communities, the Catholic parishes in Germany and the Jewish communities, but it is a question that from the Pope and Vatican must very clearly that there can be no denial and that obviously there has to be a positive relationship with Judaism. These clarifications have in my view not been done properly. "
Encouragingly, however, Merkel said further, there are many voices from the Catholic Church calling on the Vatican to clearly distance themselves from the positions of the Holocaust denier Williamson. Merkel received the support of the former Bundestag President Rita Süssmuth (CDU). To the Berlin radio Info, Süssmuth said that there was a massive contradiction between the basic attitude of the Pope and his action in the Williamson case. Merkel is therefore morally obliged to take part in the debate. - With her criticism of the Pope, the Chancellor however only found favour. Dissenting votes came from the ranks of the Catholic bishops, and also from the Christian Democratic Union.
R: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.
V: Fiat manus tua super virum dexterae tuae
R: Et super filium hominis quem confirmasti tibi
Oremus. Deus, ómnium fidélium pastor et rector, fámulum tuum Benedíctum, quem pastórem Ecclésiæ tuæ præésse voluísti, propítius réspice: da ei, quæesumus, verbo et exémplo, quibus præest, profícere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi crédito, pervéniat sempitérnam. Per Christum, Dóminum nostrum. Amen.
V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.
R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
V: May Thy hand be ever upon the man of Thy right hand.
R: And upon the son of man whom Thou hast confirmed unto thee.
Let us Pray. O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.