I have done several posts about the outrage over the Pope’s decision to welcome back Holocaust denying Bishop into the church. There has been all kinds of outraged expressed all over the world, especially in Europe by his own faction.
Now the Vatican says that Pope Benedict XVI will make his first visit to Israel in May and he told Jewish leaders that it was unacceptable for anyone, especially a priest, to deny the Holocaust.
The pope has also met with Jewish leaders in hopes of ending the rage over a bishop who denied that 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis.
Issuing his strongest condemnation of Holocaust denial yet, Benedict affirmed the Catholic Church was
“profoundly and irrevocably committed to reject all anti-Semitism.”
“The hatred and contempt for men, women and children that was manifested in the Shoah was a crime against God and against humanity,” Benedict said, using the Hebrew term for the Holocaust. “This should be clear to everyone, especially to those standing in the tradition of the Holy Scriptures.”
“It is beyond question that any denial or minimization of this terrible crime is intolerable and altogether unacceptable,” he said during the meeting in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.
However, why is this Bishop still being welcomed back?
Nothing has changed. The Bishop has apologized for causing distress to the pope, but has not recanted. He said he would correct himself if he is satisfied by the evidence, but insisted in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel that examining it “will take time.” 60 years has not been enough time apparently.
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