Bill Donohue blames “German guilt” for attacks on Pope

That’s the typically pugnacious take of the head of the Catholic League in its latest release:

“No one has been worse than the Germans. Reeking with guilt over the Holocaust, we now have the spectacle of German Chancellor Angela Merkel telling the pope he needs to clarify his views on the Holocaust. Talk about hubris. This is a man who was forcibly conscripted at a young age into a Nazi group and saw his family suffer economically because he refused to attend the Hitler Youth meetings. This is a man who as Cardinal Ratzinger unequivocally condemned the Holocaust at a Jerusalem conference in 1994 and wrote about a book about it, Many Religions, One Covenant: Israel, the Church and the World. And he needs to ‘clarify’ his views to Merkel?
“Williamson’s denial of the Holocaust is obscene, but this doesn’t excuse the grand-standing of the Regensburg D.A. who is investigating whether the bishop broke their illiberal laws when he made his comments in Sweden. Then there is the German press which has exploited this issue beyond belief: one major story says the pope has previously offended ‘Muslims, women, native Indians, Poles, gays and scientists.’ Translated this means that the pope speaks the truth and some don’t like it. Perhaps most embarrassing is the left-wing Catholic theologian Hermann Haering who implored the pope to quit. What a disgrace this man is to Catholics everywhere.
“Today, the Vatican announced that Williamson must ‘unequivocally and publicly distance himself from his positions on the Shoah’ if he is to be reinstated (he is still not in full communion with the Church, and may never be). The pope, the Vatican statement said, was unaware of this bishop’s views when he lifted his excommunication.
“There will be those who won’t believe the pope didn’t know about Williamson. Yet these same people no doubt believe that President Obama didn’t know about the thieves he’s been appointing. Moreover, there are approximately 3,500 bishops spread throughout the world. The pope is smart, but he’s not a seer.”

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ed gleason

posted February 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Ask Wild Bill Donohue why no Vatican flacks didn’t Google SSPX/Williamson and the rest of the fascist crowd? Google Donohue if you want to view more hysteria..
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Charles Cosimano

posted February 4, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Donohue continues to be what he has always been, a two-bit thug that gets put on television to be the freak show.

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David Gibson

posted February 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Ed Gleason: Re spam…I am at the mercy of Higher Powers. I hear ya.

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posted February 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm

As a Catholic I am embarrassed that Donohue is treated like a spokesman for the Catholic Church and its membership. Thug is the perfect description of this man. I’m sure he’d be happy if the views of SSPX were the dogma of the Church. God help us all!

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posted February 7, 2009 at 2:07 am

While it’s of course alright to criticise what some stupid members of SSPX are saying and publishing, it is absolutely wrong to connect the Holy Father with it, especially when those slanders come from members of different faith, Jewish people and Protestants (what Mrs Merkel is). Who is she that she openly questions, in front of a world audience, the intentions and the conscience of the Holy Father? The proper way would have been that the supposedly “concerned” people who knew about those sermons of Mr Williams would have given a hint to the Vatican in time . . . without damaging purposely the reputation of the Pope. But there were most likely strong political motives behind it – the upcoming Knesset elections in Israel and the Bundestag elections in Germany.

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posted February 8, 2009 at 11:19 am

You can go to jail in Germany for saying the wrong things about the Holocaust. Ultimately this should change.

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