Jan 29, 2009

Do you see what happens when Mel Gibson makes a movie?

Methinks that Papa Benedict might be re-thinking that bit of reconciliation with these guys.

NCR Reports:

In the wake of a global furor triggered by Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to lift the excommunication of four traditionalist Catholic bishops, including one who cast doubt on the Holocaust, another leader in the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has questioned whether the Nazis used gas chambers for anything other than “disinfection,” and said that people who hold revisionist views on the Holocaust are not anti-Semites.

Fr. Floriano Abrahamowicz, a pastor and spokesperson for the Society of St. Pius X in northeastern Italy, also referred to Jews as “a people of deicide,” referring to the death of Christ, and suggested that the Jewish Holocaust has been “exalted” over what he called “other genocides,” such as the Allied bombing of German cities and the Israeli occupation of the Gaza strip.

On the other hand, Abrahamowicz insisted that the traditionalist movement founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is not “anti-Semitic.” Among other things, Abrahamowicz said, he himself has Jewish roots on his father’s side.

From the interview itself when asked why people still cast doubt on the Shoah:
Because the whole history of humanity is marked by the people of Israel, who initially were the people of God, who then became the people of deicide, and who at the end of time will reconvert to Jesus Christ. Behind it all is a mysterious theological aspect, which is that of the people of God which rejected its Messiah and which still combats him. It’s a mystery of doctrine. Anti-Semitism is born from the illuminated liberal and Gnostic world. The church throughout history has always protected the Jews from pogroms, as one reads, for example, in Domenico Savino’s book on ritual homicide.

In fairness, after reading the interview, I think they may have put some words in this priests mouth, but it's still astounding that

OK, for the record:

Catholics believe the following:

1) The Jews did not kill Christ. Jesus was sacrificed for our sins.

2) The holocaust actually happened and the last two Popes saw what happened with their own eyes. They have become staunch supporters of order and of life because of their witness to what happens when you don't defend order and life. You get Auschwitz.

3) The Second Vatican Council is valid and every Pope since John XXIII is not evil.

I could go on but this is just starting to make me sad. Do you see what happens when they let Mel Gibson make a movie?

I will say one thing...there certainly have been other genocides in history including many recent ones. Rwanda is a good example. But I don't think that any were so systematically accepted by such a large number of people as was the case with the holocaust. We need people to never forget that moment in history or it will continue to spew hatred and death throughout the world.

A full interview with Fr. Abrahamowicz is found at the link.

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