Vatican: Holocaust Denying Bishop Must 'Recant'

Lynn B.2/04/2009 4:12:23 pm PST

re: #679 nonic

Just so ya’ll can get a step ahead and be ready for the next phase ——

The recanting is necessary for Williamson to be authorized to fulfill his ministerial duties, i.e., to become a bishop in the RC. Official Church teaching forbids anti-Semitism and recognizes the Holocaust. It is not a dogma of faith —- one can be a Catholic without agreeing. But one cannot function as a priest or bishop without affirming this teaching.

It is not a matter of Pope Benedict XVI , as the NYT claims, “responding to global outrage,” [Link:…] It is all part of a long process to end the schism, a process that began under John Paul II [Link:…]

So it isn’t a response to global outrage and it isn’t a “dramatic turnaround.” In fact, if I’m understanding this, there hasn’t been the slightest change in the Vatican’s position. The reversal of Williamson’s ex-communication stands, whether he recants or not. He just can’t be a bishop in the RCC unless he recants. That’s supposed to be news?

Sounds to me like it’s the Pope’s critics who have backed off … on the flimsy excuse of a rewording of the same old story. Feh!