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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

German politician assures solidarity with the Pope

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from the Passauer Neue Presse

After the controversy over remarks made by Holocaust denier and traditionalist Bishop Richard Williamson, the Head of the Christian Social Union (the main political party in Bavaria), Horst Seehofer has assured Pope Benedict XVI of complete solidarity . "We must not allow the integrity of the Holy Father and his attitude toward the Holocaust and anti-Semitism to be put in any way in doubt," said Seehofer to thousands of CSU supporters in the Political Ash Wednesday Meeting (an annual fixture in the political calendar) in Passau. The Vatican had made mistakes, he said. The Pope, however, has the solidarity of Bavaria.

"We stand by the Pontifex Bavariae."

The Vatican had in January lifted the excommunication of the four bishops of arch-conservative SSPX, including Williamson. The Pope has since been strongly criticised by Jewish organizations . Williamson denied in a television interview the murder of six million Jews in the Nazi gas chambers.

Bishop Williamson should be careful of the company he keeps

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Linz Bishop let Father Wagner fall

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Josef Bauer, the spokesman of the Linz Circle of Priests(LPK) gave an interview to the Linz Kirchenzeitung: "First to organise a rabbit hunt, then to offer dialogue, looks like cynicism" regrets Josef Bauer, Parish Priest of Hohenzell and Chairman of the Linz Circle of Priests, on the case of Wagner in conversation with the Kirchenzeitung. The Linz circle (LPK) was formed around 20 years ago, because their approximately 30 members did not feel that their pastoral concerns were represented in the official Diocesan Council of Priests.

Bauer cannot recognise the basis for dialogue, as it had been shown that the conversation does not make a lot of sense. This is because there are cartels of power in the Diocese of Linz, where one bishop after another must follow the line developed in Linz. And if you cannot commit to this line, one will be shot down like Bishop Wagner. "

A Bishop Rudigier prayer circle specially formed by the LPK prays especially for the concerns of priests. Even three days before the appointment of Gerhard, they had specifically prayed for Bishop Ludwig Schwarz.

The opposition to Wagner showed, "that in the Diocese of Linz in the last three or four decades an un-Catholic attitude has lodged." As the specific fundamentals of Catholicism, Bauer cited the love of the Eucharist, the love of Mary and the love for the Pope. Lastly, he could not make out the "deaneries who went mad," refusing to recognise Fr Wagner as a bishop and spoke of a "hardening against the Pope."

Wagner would have remained if Bishop Ludwig had not let him fall. "But the bishop became fearful." And Bauer continued: "When Bishop Ludwig at his consecration on September 18, 2005 in Linz Cathedral announced in his homily that he would be united to the Holy Father in all humility, reverence and obedience, I thought: If you would only stay the course! ... It seems that it is hard to do that. "

Traditionalists should avoid Bishop Williamson like the plague

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Bishop Williamson returns home

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Catholic bishop who denied Holocaust back in Britain after being ordered out of Argentina - Los Angeles Times

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