In Der Spiegel, a German weekly, Bp. Williamson, the former rector of the SSPX seminary in Argentina, was interviewed.
Go to the link to read the whole thing, but here are some of the more interesting points.
My emphases and comments. We jump into the middle…
SPIEGEL: Are you actually aware that you are dividing the Church with your extreme views?
Williamson: Only violation of the dogmas, that is, the infallible principles, destroys faith. The Second Vatican Council declared that it would proclaim no new dogmas. Today the liberal bishops act as though it were some sort of all-encompassing super-dogma, [sound like a familiar phrase? This is exactly the term I have been using to warn against an improper exaltation of the Council and its "fruits", whatever they may be.] and they use it as justification for a dictatorship of relativism. This contradicts the texts of the Council.
SPIEGEL: Your position on Judaism is consistently anti-Semitic. [There’s a between-your-eyes statement!]
Williamson: St. Paul put it this way: The Jews are beloved for the sake of Our Father, but our enemies for the sake of the gospel.
SPIEGEL: Do you seriously intend to use Catholic tradition and the Bible to justify your anti-Semitism? [Does this sound like an objective interviewer?]
Williamson: Anti-Semitism means many things today, for instance, when one criticizes the Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip. The Church has always understood the definition of anti-Semitism to be the rejection of Jews because of their Jewish roots. This is condemned by the Church. Incidentally, this is self-evident in a religion whose founders and all important individuals in its early history were Jews. But it was also clear, because of the large number of Jewish Christians in early Christianity, that all men need Christ for their salvation — all men, including the Jews.
SPIEGEL: Your statements have caused great injury and outrage in the Jewish world. Why don’t you apologize?
Williamson: If I realize that I have made an error, I will apologize. I ask every human being to believe me when I say that I did not deliberately say anything untrue. I was convinced that my comments were accurate, based on my research in the 1980s. Now I must review everything again and look at the evidence.
SPIEGEL: Do you at least recognize universal human rights? [get that "at least"?]
Williamson: When human rights were declared in France, hundreds of thousands were killed throughout France. Where human rights are considered an objective order for the state to implement, there are constantly anti-Christian policies. [Remember: concern among SSPXers is especially focused on Church-state relations in a pluri-religious environment.] When it comes to preserving the individual’s freedom of conscience against the democratic state, then human rights perform an important function. The individual needs these rights against a country that behaves like a Leviathan. But the Christian concept of the state is a different one, so that the Christian theories of human rights emphasize that freedom is not an end in itself. The point is not freedom from something, but freedom for something. For good. [There are limits to human freedom. People are not simply "free" to do as they please and states have the duty to restrain that sort of freedom for the sake of the common good.]
SPIEGEL: Your statements and the lifting of your excommunication have triggered protests worldwide. Can you understand this? [Does he think W. is stupid?]
Williamson: A single interview on Swedish television has dominated the news for weeks in Germany. Yes, it does surprise me. Is this the case with all violations of the law in Germany? Hardly. [Watch this… perhaps the best point in the interview…] No, I am only the tool here, so that action can be taken against the SSPX and the pope. Apparently Germany’s leftist Catholicism has not yet forgiven Ratzinger for becoming pope. [There is it.]
Interview conducted by Peter Wensierski and Steffen Winter
Interview conducted in German and translated into English by Christopher Sultan
Williamson makes an excellent point and I completely agree.
Williamson’s screwy statements are just an excuse to hammer the Pope and to block the reintegration of the SSPX into the fabric of the mainstream Church.
What is at stake is the approach of rupture with the past promoted by the progressivists and the recovery of a proper Catholic identity as promoted by Pope Benedict in what I call his "Marshall Plan".
The leftists understand with virulent desperation that they must keep the ideas represented by the healthy sector of the SSPX out of the Church, even out of discussion.