This comes, what, 48 hours after the Vatican lectured Obama about ethics and arrogance? For a pope who was himself a member of the Hitler Youth, this will only feed concerns that perhaps this particular Prada-wearing German is a bit too close to his own Nazi past.
Benedict yesterday welcomed back into the Roman Catholic Church Richard Williamson and three other men who were excommunicated in 1988 after being ordained without Vatican permission. The three had been appointed by breakaway French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The Vatican decree issued yesterday spoke of overcoming the “scandal of divisiveness” and seeking reconciliation with Lefebvre’s conservative order, the Society of Saint Pius X, which opposes the modernisation of Catholic doctrine.
But Jewish groups have warned the Pope that the decision could damage Catholic-Jewish relations after Williamson claimed in an interview, broadcast last week, that historical evidence “is hugely against six million having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler … I believe there were no gas chambers”….
In an interview taped last November and aired last Wednesday on Swedish television, Williamson said he agreed with the “most serious” revisionist historians of the second world war who had concluded that “between 200,000-300,000 perished in Nazi concentration camps, but not one of them by gassing in a gas chamber”.
The Pope has a stricter policy against gays than he does Holocaust denialists – or pedophiles for that matter. I suppose if you’re both a Nazi sympathizer and a pedophile, the sky’s the limit.