“I do not wish to belong to the same Church as Williamson”: At the London Telegraph a Catholic Forcefully Responds to Pope Benedict’s Embrace of a Holocaust Denier, Bishop Richard Williamson

“I do not wish to belong to the same Church as Williamson . . .”

So says Catholic Damien Thompson, in the Telgraph of London, in response to Pope Benedict reversing the excommunication of Holocaust-denier Richard Williamson.

Read Thompson’s full response to the Pope’s breathtakingly perverse decision here.

And see Bishop Williamson calmly and matter-of-factly expressing his antisemitism and Holocaust-denial here:

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The irony, of course, is that, by revoking this man’s excommunication, Pope Benedict has made it clear that one can be a person who is going to heaven, and also be a FASCIST—but no Protestant, Jew, or Muslim can obtain to the same status without conversion to Catholicism!

In other words, fascists can remain fascists, and continue in the good graces of God, and go to heaven, but many others who are not fascists cannot.

Put another way: Whether you’re a fascist or not just really doesn’t matter all that much to Pope Benedict or God.

Think about that.

The Pope cannot be bothered to see the FASCIST for the trees.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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5 Responses to “I do not wish to belong to the same Church as Williamson”: At the London Telegraph a Catholic Forcefully Responds to Pope Benedict’s Embrace of a Holocaust Denier, Bishop Richard Williamson

  1. Anton Foljambe says:

    You use the word “fascist” six times in the last couple of sentences of your post; an indication of the emotionalistic response you wish to engender in the reader.

    The hysteria over this matter serves well to illustrate the lack of intellectual depth among those who criticize Bishop Williamson.

    It is noteworthy that the same people who say that they don’t want to belong to the same Church as someone who researches the Holocaust were conspicuously silent when it came to belonging to the same Church as Marxists (Liberation Theology, anyone?), apologists for abortion (not all priests follow the Pope on that one), and child-molesters (we’ve lost count of how many pederasts have been exposed, but of course raping little boys is far more respectable than having a different view on history….)

    I for one am proud of Bishop Williamson’s courageous Leadership over the years, and his speaking out against communism, feminism, and political correctness. Long may he continue to do so.

  2. santitafarella says:

    Anton,

    I use the word “fascist” descriptively above—not as a fright word, or to stir emotions. The religious order to which Bishop Williamson belongs has a long history of fascist sympathies, including harboring (in Nice) a World War II war criminal (who ordered the killing of seven Jews in France) and (in 1989) giving that very same man, when he was finally brought to trial, public spiritual and moral support.

    Bishop Williamson’s position on the Holocaust and Judaism, and his far-right authoritarian impulses, are difficult to characterize apart from the word “fascist.” If you have a better word for someone who believes he is in a spiritual war against Jews and Freemasons for control of the world’s destiny, and denies that the Holocaust occurred, please share it.

    —Santi

  3. Roger Salyer says:

    You are absolutely right. The fact that one is a Jew, Muslim, or Protestant DOES have a bearing on one’s ability to be received into Heaven. The fact that one is a Fascist–or theoretically a Socialist or even a Communist–DOES NOT. The latter issue would depend upon the extent to which one’s politico-philosophical beliefs penetrate one’s theology and morals. What is OUTRAGEOUS and UNACCEPTABLE is the suggestion that what one believes about the Holocaust, or whether one “likes” Jews or not, has anything to do with one’s communion in the Church. Whether the bishop is stupid or ignorant or not, nothing that he said in the video is heresy. His excommunication is only a question of schism. I’m not sure I’d want to belong to the same Church that Mr. Thompson belonged either. Good riddance.

  4. santitafarella says:

    Roger:

    You said: “The fact that one is a Jew, Muslim, or Protestant DOES have a bearing on one’s ability to be received into Heaven.”

    How do you know this?

    —Santi

  5. Roger Salyer says:

    Well, I would first look to the Catechism of the Catholic Church as an authority in such matters. For instance, paragraph 1257 affirms the necessity of Baptism for salvation. As such, the unbaptised (e.g., Muslims and Jews) may have a difficult time in entering into Heaven. Of course, there are understood to be exceptions (e.g., Baptism of desire, etc.), and of course, if one is not Catholic, then the Catechism is probably unpersuasive. Yet, there it is. For Protestants, the question is even more difficult. Suffice it to say, that, 1) based upon the teaching extra ecclesia nulla salus, the question is likewise difficult, and 2) one must remember that not all Baptised Catholics are assured of entry into Heaven either.
    Regarding your use of the word “fascist,” Anton brings up a good point. Based upon some of his ideals and associates would you call Martin Luther King a communist? Regardless of what I think of him otherwise, I would not. Clearly the bishop is not actually a fascist. I arrive at this conclusion based upon proffesional academic definitions of Fascism (see Sternhell, Payne, Gregor, Nolte, Mosse, etc.), and, more importantly, based upon any kind of party membership professed by the bishop. [King’s banal justification as to “why he was not a Communist” was that he was not a party member.] Anyway, your apparent definition of Fascism might make the entire Middle Ages the Fascist Age, thus negating any useful content to the word.

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