While there may be no connection between the two, it is hard not to connect Pope Benedict XVI’s childhood membership in the Hitler Youth and the Pope’s deplorable decision to revoke the excommunication of a man who denies the holocaust. Connected or not, the decision is despicable and indefensible.
Richard Williams, 68, said, “The historical evidence is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy by Adolf Hitler.”
Whether the Pope’s childhood history and bringing Williams back into the fold are connected or not, all decent people worldwide should be outraged. Moreover, the Pope’s decision to reinstate Williams makes it clear he is about as much the Vicar of Christ on earth as a rotted tree stump is a telescope through which you can get a fine and dandy close-up look at the Martian landscape.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi’s assertion that the Pope’s decision to reinstate Williams is unrelated to Williams denial of the holocaust would be laughable were it not so hideous. Saying they are unrelated is kind of like saying, Yes, I know, he murdered 50 innocents in cold blood with an Uzi but I we think he will run a wonderful daycare center for your children.
The overview of this situation makes it impossible to believe there is not a hefty does of anti-Semitism coursing through the pontiff’s veins. And if there is one thing I now for sure, anti-Semitism is a disease the belongs nowhere, including the world of Christianity.