Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Nazi Pope: Benedict XVI

I admit upfront that I am no fan of Joseph Ratzinger (aka, Pope Benedict XVI). He has spent the better part of the last four decades making the Catholic Church into a reactionary, misogynistic, right-wing institution, rolling back many of the gains of the Second Vatican Council. Indeed, it was the horrid, hate-filled policies of the Catholic Church, along with the raping of God knows how many children (and the Vatican's protection of these pedophiles and their harboring supporters like Bernard Law and Roger Mahony), in conjunction with my increasingly secular worldview that naturally swells up from any person who takes seriously his or her biology class, that pushed me away from the Church. The thought of ever stepping back into one of these churches, or looking at a priest as anything less than a closeted deviant, instills in me a healthy dislike for my old faith (a hatred that only fellow recovering Catholics can truly know the depths of).

Low and behold, just when I thought the leadership of this woman-hating cult could get no worse, our kindly Pope Benedict XVI gives us a whole new reason to lament that Stalin's tanks did not reach Rome.

Pope move ignites Holocaust row

The Pope has lifted the excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church of four bishops appointed by a breakaway archbishop more than 20 years ago.

One of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's appointees, Briton Richard Williamson, outraged Jews by saying the Nazi gas chambers did not exist.

Two of the other three appointees are French while the fourth is Argentinean.

Israel's envoy to the Vatican said the papal decision would "cast a shadow on relations with Jews".

"We have no intention of interfering in the internal workings of the Catholic Church, however, the eagerness to bring a Holocaust denier back into the Church will cast a shadow on relations between Jews and the Catholic Church," Mordechai Lewy told Reuters news agency.

Lefebvre, who died in 1991, rebelled against liberal reforms in the Church, such as the end of the Latin Mass.

He opposed replacing the traditional Mass with services in national languages.

The Vatican said the excommunications had been lifted after the bishops affirmed their willingness to accept Church teachings and papal authority.

'No gas chambers'

Relations between the Vatican and representatives of the Jewish faith have been strained throughout much of the Church's recent history; Jewish groups have accused Pope Pius of turning a blind eye to the fate of the Jews in World War II.

The latest move by Pope Benedict is likely to add to those strains.

Bishop Richard Williamson recently told Swedish TV: "I believe there were no gas chambers. I think that two to three hundred thousand Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps but none of them by gas chambers."

The Vatican has distanced itself from those remarks.

But its spokesman, Rev Federico Lombardi, still stood by the decision to rehabilitate Bishop Williamson and the others.

"This act regards the lifting of the excommunications, period," he told reporters.

"It has nothing to do with the personal opinions of a person, which are open to criticism, but are not pertinent to this decree."

The concentration on Williamson is disingenuous. In actuality, the founding leader of this Jew-hating sect, Marcel Lefebvre, was himself also a Holocaust denier (claiming that Jews were never murdered en masse during the Holocaust), and a supporter of fascism (a friend of Franco, Salazar, and Pinochet, as well as a supporter of Petain's Nazi collaborating Vichy regime). Lefebvre was also prosecuted in France for racism when he openly opposed the allowance for Muslim immigrants in France. Marcel Lefebvre was basically a neo-Nazi, as is his organization (which previously gave refuge to wanted WWII-era war criminals). By bringing these people back into the fold of the Church, this is Benedict's message of what he thinks of the rest of the world. It is why Catholicism is dying and hopefully will continue to contract and decompose, in Europe, the US, Latin America, everywhere its churches exist, until one day the stupidity and ignorance of this controlling evil is done away with.

And just in case Bill Donohue or one of his minions from the Catholic League is reading, here is what I really think of you.

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