Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Holocaust Denier Must Recant

This just in via the Associated Press from the Vatican:
The Vatican has demanded that a bishop who denied the Holocaust must recant his position before being fully readmitted into the Roman Catholic Church.
The Vatican also said in a statement Wednesday that Pope Benedict XVI didn't know about Bishop Richard Williamson's views when he agreed to lift his excommunication and that of three other ultraconservative bishops last week.
What the Associated Press didn't mention was the behind the scenes non-stop work of advocacy organizations such as the American Jewish Committee.
Safe guarding social justice is a full time job. It is frequently invisible and thankless. We live better lives because of those among us who do such work.


Marnie said...

We are fortunate to have such organizations.

Anonymous said...

What's the difference whether or not this man is made to publicly recant his views? It's not going to change his mind. Such coercion is not something that should have persisted past the seventeenth century.
It would be better to focus attention, if attention is to focused on a circus such as this, on his employer.

Leslie said...

No, he's not going to change his mind, but this makes it clear that the Vatican is not going to tolerate public anti-Jewish sentiments, and that's a hell of a lot better than it was in the 17th century.

Anonymous said...

I agree that it suggests that the Vatican is not going to tolerate such public and publicized sentiments, but what does allowing him to function as a high official make clear?