Cardinal Walter Kasper’s claim that the Pope’s decision to reinstate a Bishop who denies the Holocaust was poorly handled would be laughable were the subject matter not so wrenchingly brutal and tragic.
Bishop Richard Williamson not only denies the Holocaust but says no more than 300,000 Jews died in the concentration camps. Williams says he does not believe there were any gas chambers and no more than 300,000 Jews died in the concentration camps.
One is tempted to grab this despicable anti-Semite by the scruff of the neck and say, First of all, it was 6 million, but let me ask you something while I’ve got your attention. Is 300,000 a low number in your world? It would seem his answer would be yes. One would be tempted to tighten their grip when he or she learned that William’s apologized on a blog for having caused the Pope stress.
German chancellor, Angela Merkel, sharply criticized the Pope. “”When a decision by the Vatican gives rise to the impression that the Holocaust may be denied this cannot be allowed to stand … it’s a matter of affirming very clearly on the part of the Pope and the Vatican that there must be no denial here.”
Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany. Having said that, one would think the Pope would have no problem remembering the holocaust since he was alive and in Germany at the time and for a period was a member of the Hitler Youth.
Lest anyone think the Pope’s behavior is restricted to reinstating the likes of Williams, he also promoted Austrian clergyman, Gerhard Maria Wagner to the status of Bishop. Which makes sense given the kind of character the Pope looks for in a someone. After all, it was Wagner who said Hurricane Katrina was an act of “divine retribution” for New Orleans’ sexual permissiveness.
There is certainly one thing Pope Benedict does have in common with Williams and Wagner; none of the them are Christians.