Right, the excommunication-then-redemption of Bishop Richard Williamson is all over the news, the latest being that he can get back into the fold if he recants his denial of the Holocaust.
The Vatican demanded Wednesday that a bishop who denied the Holocaust recant his positions before being fully admitted into the Roman Catholic Church.
I can only imagine that the topic of the Holocaust is a sensitive one to the current Pope, who — as we all know by now — was in the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany. In one sense, then, denying the reality of the Holocaust is a bit like denying part of the Pope’s own past. Invalidating his personal history. (That it’s a history he might not want brought up is, of course, irrelevant.)
(Or is it? One presumes he joined the Hitlerjugend not by choice, but largely due to peer pressure. It was what was expected of youths at the time. How voluntary was his enlistment? Today we tend to excuse young teen boys for crimes they might commit owing to their lack of foresight and insight. Is it fair, then, to bring up the Pope’s own distant past? Or was it that very history which seemed to cause the slow and tone-deaf reaction to Williamson’s views?)
Wonder how that conversation went.
@bish: There was no Holocaust.
@ratzi: OMG srsly?
@bish: Tellin ya man, its true.
@ratzi: D00d I was there!!!1! Saw it happen!
@bish: No way.
@ratzi: Way. You’d better clean up yr act or no more wine’n’wafers 4U.
@bish: Sry. :‘(
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