Pope Benedict Reels Under Criticism

Pope Benedict XVI has been surprised by the violent outburst of German political and church leaders over his decision to bring back into the fold four formerly excommunicated bishops. When it became clear that Bishop Robert Williamson had told Swedish television he did not believe there was a Holocaust and accounts of the death of Jews during World War II were greatly exaggerated, the follow up to the remarks shocked Vatican leaders. Furious reactions came from European leaders, particularly, comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who made clear her disgust with the decision to allow the return of Bishop Williamson. She told the Vatican, “This should not be allowed to pass without consequences” and “the pope and the Vatican should clarify unambiguously that there can be no denial(of the Holocaust)”

There is growing evidence the Pope was shocked to learn about the Williamson views concerning the Holocaust and now is in a defensive mode. He is demanding that Bishop Williamson openly recant his views about the non-killing of Jews in the Holocaust. Chancellor Merkel has been placed in an awkward position. She is leader of Germany which conducted the Holocaust and the Pope is a German. She felt compelled to take a strong stand.

  • journeyer58

    As well he should! Pope Benedict XVI, is trying to return the Roman Catholic Church to the 16th Century when it held political and economic sway over the whole of the Western World.
    The Popes at that time were the political as well as religious leaders and nothing happened without their approval.
    For Pope Benedict, to un-excommunicate someone like Bishop Williamson, a known Shoah denier, is totally against what has taken place in the Vatican II council. Vatican II was supposed to have opened the doors of the church to the Holy Spirit and the laity. Yet now,
    with this pope, we have the exact opposite. The
    doors of the church are closing to the laity, there is no more room for the Holy Spirit to move in amongst the Catholic Church and we are
    again encountering an atmosphere of resistance to any reform in the church.
    My guess is this, Pope Benedict knew exactly what the hell he was doing, and did not expect the backlash that has transpired in the last 2 weeks. We the laity cannot and should not, allow the reversal of Vatican II. It is highly important that the church remain an open institution that does not keep secrets as has been the case for the last 1600 years.
    We in America cannot and should not allow someone to take over such an institution as the church for their own desires and political aims.
    It is sad, but should this trend of reversal continue then I a cradle Catholic will be forced to change when and where I worship. For I cannot stand the darkness and secrecy surrounding the faith that has been my home for these last 50 years.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    very insightful remarks.

  • Tanya

    journeyer, if you can’t hold up the Holy Father with prayers then hit the road.