This there a sadder city in North America than Detroit?
They have a dreadful pro-abortion "Catholic" governor who has helped to make their state’s economy the worst in the country, they are bleeding businesses and people, the mayor of Detroit… well…
And then there is their newspaper, the Freep.
This is an editorial from the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board, so it represents the official stand of the paper.
My emphases and comments.
February 6, 2009
In demanding that British Bishop Richard Williamson recant, the Vatican did little [No matter what the Vatican would have done, for some it would never have been enough.] to mitigate the public relations damage done by the decision of Pope Benedict XVI to return this Holocaust-denier to the church. Williamson has never repudiated his outlandish views about the extent of Jewish suffering under the Nazis. Taking them back now would show nothing but political expediency. [Because for some in the Fourth Estate, there is no such thing as changing your mind unless you are a liberal. They can change their mind in any way they want, but conservatives are forever guilty for any past crime.] The Pope ought to acknowledge his own error and reinstate the ex-communication of Williamson. [And that would be just HOW? Williamson was excomm’d for an entirely different issue that had NOTHING to do with his views, historical or theological. They want the Pope to treat Williamson with the injustice with which they are accustomed to treat the Pope.]
The pope’s decision to lift Williamson’s excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church last month, along with those of three other bishops appointed by an ultra-conservative breakaway archbishop more than 20 years ago, has caused an international uproar. Williamson recently told Swedish TV that no Jew was killed by gas chambers during World War II. He insulted the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in Nazi death camps by stating that only 200,000 or 300,000 perished.
For a crackpot to spout this nonsense is troubling — for a person invited back into the church by the pope to do so is outrageous and dangerous. [Because sinners shouldn’t be invited to belong to any Church. Right?]
[Now watch this incredible cheap shot….] History makes the pope’s actions even more significant. As a teen-ager, Pope Benedict was briefly a member of the Hitler Youth. When the Pope visited Auschwitz, he did little to ease Jewish concerns about anti-Semitism, making no mention of his personal experiences during the war or explicitly asking forgiveness on behalf of Catholics or Germans. Many Jewish groups had also accused the wartime-era Pope Pius of indifference to Jewish suffering under the Nazis. [This simply STINKS of bigotry.]
Pope Benedict should not be judged by his brief, and compulsory, membership in the Hitler Youth. [Liars. Why did they bring it up? This is mendacious. It is precisely this point that they want you to carry away: the Pope did this because he is really a Nazi. He’s German after all. And now this Williamson thing? Well… you know what that means!] Nothing in his record suggests prejudice or malice toward anyone. Still, his own experience ought to compel him to show greater sensitivity to the grotesque inhumanity of the Holocaust, or risk fomenting anti-Semitism and damaging the progress in Catholic-Jewish relations made by Pope John Paul II.
He can start by permanently barring a prelate who desecrates the memory of millions of Jews from the church.
The Church or the Pope could never do enough to satisfy the people who wrote this yellow hit piece.
If the Pope were to flail himself in sackcloth and rub gravel through his hair at the Western Wall, it would not be enough for them.
Were he to exhume Pius XII and posthumously excommunicate him , it would not be enough for them.
And since this is really because they hate the Church and the Pope because of the Catholic teaching on abortion and contraception, were the Pope to give a contribution to Planned Parenthood and then toss condoms from his window to the crowd below during his Sunday Angelus, well… it would not be enough for them.