Update on SSPXon January 28, 2009 at 4:50 am
It’s been striking how political the coverage of the rehabilitation of several Society of Saint Pius X bishops have been. The story has been on Catholicgauze and this blog. One example of a political take on the matter is Andrew Sullivan’s post (admittedly, from a blog not known for quality).
Unfortunatley, another example of biased coverage is this NPR report:
Just days before the pope revoked the excommunication of the four bishops, one of them, Richard Williamson, again denied the Holocaust.
“The historical evidence is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler,” he said in an interview that aired on Swedish television.
When his interview began circulating on the Internet, the Vatican was quick to try to dampen the controversy.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said Williamson’s views are in no way linked to the pope’s decision. Lifting his excommunication, Lombardi added, does not imply sharing his ideas.
And the official daily L’Osservatore Romano stressed that the pope deplores all forms of anti-Semitism.
But for many Jewish leaders, efforts to distance the Vatican from Williamson’s revisionist views sounded hollow.
Rabbi David Rosen, the director of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, said that without Williamson’s full recantation and apology, the Catholic-Jewish dialogue is in jeopardy.
“It raises a question mark on the Catholic Church’s own commitment to combat anti-Semitism, which Pope John Paul II described as a sin against God and man. If an individual is a Holocaust denier, which is a blatant anti-Semitic position, then how do you accept an individual as a bishop if he is in complete conflict with your official teachings?” Rosen says.