Catholic Dems Chide Pope Over Lifting Excommunications
(Hat tip: A Catholic View)
From the Catholic League:
On January 29, nearly 50 Catholic Democratic congressmen sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI stating their concerns over Bishop Richard Williamson’s comments questioning the historical record on the Holocaust. The bishop belongs to the St. Pius X Society, a group which recently had its excommunication lifted by the pope. The congressmen implored the pope to denounce the bishop’s views.My Comments:
Catholic League president Bill Donohue spoke to this issue today:
“The congressmen’s letter to the pope smacks of posturing and hypocrisy, and is factually wrong. They begin by saying ‘we are writing to express our deep concerns with your decision to reinstate Bishop Richard Williamson to communion with the Catholic Church….’ The fact is that the pope did not reinstate the bishop to communion with the Church—he merely lifted the excommunication of the group to which he belongs. In order for the group to be fully reinstated, it would have to express its fidelity to the teachings of the Church, as well as the norms of Vatican II. In other words, the letter is based on a false predicate.
“Facts aside, this kind of posturing is a disgrace: for American congressmen to lecture the pope about an event in which he was personally victimized, and about which he has long condemned, is nothing short of arrogant.
“The hypocrisy is mind-boggling. They beg the pope to ‘publicly state your unequivocal position on this matter so that it is clear where the Church stands….’ How ironic that most of these very same Catholics fail to speak with clarity about what the Church teaches on abortion. Of the 47 signatories, the majority have a 100 percent NARAL score (meaning they vote with the radical pro-abortion group on every issue). The leader of this group, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, never agrees with the Catholic Church on abortion—her NARAL score is 100 percent.
“One more thing: they addressed the pope not as a head of state but as a ‘spiritual leader.’ Didn’t they ever hear of respecting separation of church and state?”
Please contact Congresswoman DeLauro at her website.
Let me see if I have this straight: a bunch of dissident Catholics - who many believe should have long ago been excommunicated for advocating and defending the American holocaust of the unborn - have the chutzpah to lecture the Pope for lifting the excommunication of the SSPX Bishops, including one Bishop who is a Jew-hating Holocaust denier, when the excommunication itself was for reasons unrelated to said Bishop's anti-semitism?
Readers of this blog will know that I have no tolerance for the sort of anti-semitism exhibited by Bishop Williamson. Indeed, the mere fact that a Cardinal of the Church recently exhibited insensitivity toward what the Jews uniquely suffered in the Shoah drew a strong rebuke from me.
Nevertheless, one should inform these Catholic Democrats that it is arguably less worthy of excommunication from a Catholic perspective to deny the truth and extent of the Jewish Holocaust than it is to openly, publicly, and defiantly flout the Church's teaching on abortion by fighting for the continued legalization of the holocaust of 50 million (and counting) unborn children.
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