The Pope’s enemies are crawling out from the dens in order to attack the Pope. The braying and baying is getting more organized.
In the 13 Feb. IrishTimes.com we find this attack on the Pope
My emphases and comments.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Holocaust-denying bishop’s rehabilitation is ‘crowning disgrace’ of Benedict’s career
PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent
THE ATTEMPTED rehabilitation [The first problem is what on earth "rehabilitation" means. If it really is "rehabilitation", wouldn't that be a good thing? But the writer is probably like many journalists who neither understands much about the Church nor really thinks forgiveness or mercy is a good thing. Once you are tarred, you can never be a good person again. That is so common in the press.] by the Vatican of Holocaust-denying bishop Richard Williamson has been described as “the crowning disgrace of Pope Benedict’s career” by controversial Augustinian priest Fr Iggy O’Donovan. [We could tell you more about Iggy, and might before this is done.]
He has also said that change initiated by Vatican II in the Catholic Church has become “a debacle”. [He got that right, but not in the same way I think.]
Announced 50 years ago, Vatican II, “this noble venture”, was now “on life support”. [the term "drama queen" comes to mind] “Almost from day one insidious attempts were made to undermine conciliar reform,” he wrote in an Augustinian newsletter. [So... does this position have some official support of Iggy's province?] “If anything illustrates this latter point it is the recent announcement, on the 50th anniversary of the convocation of the council, of the lifting of the excommunication of the bishops illicitly ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre.”
In 2006 Fr O’Donovan was bound to silence [not being very silent, I see] and removed from a teaching post in Rome by the Vatican after he concelebrated an Easter Sunday Mass in Drogheda with local Church of Ireland rector Rev Michael Graham.
“We are now at a juncture where Rome demands total conformity with papal ideas and ideals in all things and not merely in those which are essential to the unity of Christian and Catholic faith,” he said. [This guy is completely confused. The point is that Rome is emphasizing that there can be various views.]
“That is all very well but when the Holy Father is ‘accident prone’ (as the present incumbent is) the potential for damage to the church is incalculable. “The recent case of the rehabilitation of … Richard Williamson is a prime example of this.”
President Barack Obama had “been quick to come out and admit he ‘screwed up’” in proposing Tom Daschle as health secretary.
“In the case of Williamson Pope Benedict certainly ‘screwed up’ and must be as forthcoming as Obama in admitting it,” he said.
[The Augustinians were right to silence this guy.]
He continued: “how a German-born Pope (and a former member of the Hitler Youth to boot) [What a slime.] could not foresee the furore that would follow the rehabilitation of a man who denies the Holocaust leaves me baffled. It is the crowning disgrace of Pope Benedict’s career.”
Reuters adds: Pope Benedict said yesterday that “any denial or minimisation of this terrible crime is intolerable, especially if it came from a clergyman.
The pope also confirmed that he was planning to visit Israel. Vatican sources say the trip is expected to take place in May.
I think anyone in Ireland reading this should express their opinions of Fr. Iggy’s comments to his superiors.
The Archdiocese of Dublin lists the Provincial of the Irish Augustinians.