Comments on: Vatican orders Williamson recant after calling case closed Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Syed A R Zaidi Sun, 08 Feb 2009 13:41:26 +0000 We are all still suffering the effects of Eisenhower’s campaign at the close of the second world war to smear the German government in order to lessen German resistance to the victors, and also to give the public in Allied countries the sense that the war had been worth their sacrifices. The Holocaust story immediately took on a life of its own, and it has proved so useful to international Jewry that they have used their unmatchable media, financial and political resources to beat down all rational opposition to it. We see that at play today in the orchestrated attacks on Bishop Williamson. To get a quick introduction to the actual issues, I recommend the recent documentary, Buchenwald, by an anonymous American. It is available for free download at the website .

By: Tom Heneghan Thu, 05 Feb 2009 09:32:47 +0000 Daniel, narrowing down your charge (disinterest in oppression of Christians) from the whole universe of mainstream media to CNN, BBC and NBC television makes it an actual accusation rather than a vague protest. I can believe they showed almost nothing and I do find that regrettable. But there were quite a few reports in the written media, which you completely overlooked. Even on this blog, which does not claim to cover all religion issues, we had three posts about Orissa:

Christians flee, leaders deplore religious violence in India —  /08/29/christians-flee-leaders-deplore- religious-violence-in-india/

Christians cower from Hindu backlash in Orissa —  /09/03/christians-cower-from-hindu-back lash-in-orissa/

Hindu national politics fuels anti-Christian campaign in India —  /10/13/hindu-nationalist-politics-fuels -anti-christian-campaign-in-india/

As for Bishop Williamson, you say the fact that he is English means he has no motive to deny the Holocaust. Are you saying only Germans can be anti-Semites? I don’t know what his motive is, but it doesn’t sound charitable, judging from his interview.

By: Daniel Rosaupan Thu, 05 Feb 2009 04:45:05 +0000 vp, I also watched the you tube on Bishop’s Williamson interview. And I came up with the same question. I’m just wondering why some sectors are very intolerant with the Bishop’s statements instead of coming up of evidences that will overturn his claim? The SSPX Bishop was clear, if there is an evidence that will overturn such findings, then he will be glad to change his conclusion as well. He based his statements on expert evidence, I just forgot the name of that expert, but he made some scientific research and studies that turn out impossible for the 6 million Jews to be killed by Gas chamber since it will endanger everyone including the nazis if the gas will leak out. A chimney was also necessary if gas chamber is to be used, however upon investigation, there was none. I suppose, they were not that high tech during that time.

Tom, in reference to your answer to my comments in the previous article, I can say that you do not apply the same rules whenever other religions speak ill against the Catholic Church. Like when Dan Brown through his novel, depicted Opus Dei and the Catholic Church as great deceivers, CNN, BBC and other mainstream media did not treat the literature as offensive to Catholics. When the National Geographic channel attacked the Holy Scriptures and the Divinity of Christ, maistream media were insensitive that they are offending the Catholics but instead, they considered it scholarly! Many other examples I can give but I do not wish my blog to be very long. According to you, the killing of Priests and Bishops in Iraq and in Orissa India does not interest people. On the other hand the very same killing in Gaza interests the people such that the mainstream media conducts more interview with Hamas Officials. What’s the difference? Obviously, its the mainstream media that dictates which topic should be given more media mileage and arouse the interest of the people. The persecutions and the holocaust of Christians are just presented only for 15 seconds on TV stations such as CNN, BBC, and NBC.

Going back, if indeed mainstream media are fair, why would they not emphasize that the lifting of excommunication is not related to Bishop Williamson’s statements but rather on the schism that SSPX had made? Rather than condemning the Pope for the alleged fault he never did, why not also dig evidences that will overturn Bishop Williamson’s claim that there were only 300,000 Jews that were killed instead of 6 million and not by gas chamber but by starvation? Let us not be emotional on this issue. Let us instead present reasonable arguments to contradict Bishop Williamson rather than condemning him, the SSPX and the Pope! Let the Jews argue with him, and abstain from making scandalous, offensive and abusive words against the former especially against the Pope. No namecalling! It really upsets when the media starts to namecall Bishop Williamson as Holocaust denier. Let us just focus on the arguments please. This is not anti semitism, this is all about the truth of the history! To remind, Bishop Williamson is not a Nazi, he is an English Bishop and therefore he has no motive to deny the Holocaust. He is only for the truth. My appeal applies the same to Catholic Bishops who had joined in condemning Bishop Williamson on his statements

By: taad Thu, 05 Feb 2009 01:20:14 +0000 The Holy Father HAS been very clear on this subject. Some use any chance they can to jump on the church and the pope with both feet. The reactions to this are way over the top. I love the Holy Father. God Bless Pope Benedict!

By: vp Wed, 04 Feb 2009 23:53:43 +0000 I was watching recently this: hA
and now I’m thinking, does it really matter what Bishop Richard Williamson said?

By: Anura Guruge Wed, 04 Feb 2009 21:08:01 +0000 Tom,
I like, and fully concur with you on the “Holy Flip-Flop!”

I am puzzled, Tom, given the International FLAP this has caused that the Pope himself did not seek this recantation.

It seems a shame to drag (poor) Cardinal Bertone into the FRAY at this stage.

As you know “Flip-Flops” played a key role in US elections over the last 6 years. But it was so refreshing and striking, yesterday, to see President Obama admit on TV: “I screwed up.”

He didn’t ask his Secretary of State to fall on the sword (though I have a feeling that she may have told him, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with the figurative sword).

Yes, I fully appreciate that the Pope is on a different footing (maybe even pedestal) to the US President.

Yes, by getting Cardinal Bertone to make the demand, the Pope has a fall back position.

But, I can’t help but feel that in this situation the Pope may have thought about following Obama’s ‘cut to the chase’ approach. This was not an issue of doctrine or dogma.

Anyway, as I had commented on an earlier post, I have a feeling that this FLAP followed by the ‘FLIP-FLOP’ will further strengthen my belief that the next Pope will not be from Europe per my Papabili 2009 list

Keep up the good coverage Tom. Thank you.

Grace and may peace be with you all.

Anura Guruge