Traditionalists and anti-Semitism: Hardly strangers

Much of the furor over the rehabilitation (of sorts) of the right-wing schismatic bishops by Pope Benedict XVI has focused on anti-Semitism, particularly the Holocaust-denying statements of Bishop Richard Williamson. (And he has some other quirks, like denying that two planes took down the Twin Towers on 9/11. But I digress.)
But anti-Semitism, or at best anti-Judaism (prejudice against a category of people, or against their religion–pick your poison), is part and parcel of the Traditionalist history, if not all the movement’s followers. In an article just posted online at the National Catholic Reporter, columnist John Allen expertly unpacks the history, and shows why it–and Benedict’s move–is so troubling:

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posted January 27, 2009 at 5:11 am

Thanks for the link to the National Catholic Reporter article which in part states:
“For example, traditionalists often uphold a robust missionary theology, insisting that the church cannot renounce its duty to evangelize any group, including Jews.”
As a non-believer seeking to make sense of this story, I can only conclude the Pope has owned a duty to evangelize bishops.

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posted January 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm

All the good will that John Paul II took years to build between Catholics and Jews, Catholics and Muslims, and Catholics and Protestants is being rapidly lost by this Benedict.
We Catholics can’t be a light to the world if we keep slamming doors to most of its population.

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posted January 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm

This pope and this vatican scare me…

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