Never-to-be-satisfied ADL still rebuking the Pope

I have mentioned elsewhere that certain groups will never let the whole SSPX/Williamson/excommunication thing die.  EVER.

From Haaretz.   My emphases and comments.

I think this was aimed at reinforcing anti-Catholic bias among a narrow slice of Jewish readership.

ADL chief: Pope Bendedict’s condemnation of Holocaust denial not enough
By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent

Abe Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, sought to temper the enthusiastic responses  [If dropping something nasty into the punchbowl is "tempering", then sure! "temper" is the perfect description.] expressed by Jewish leaders following their meeting on Thursday with Pope Benedict XVI over the reinstatement of a bishop who denies the Holocaust.

"The problematic and controversial chapter of the church and the matter of Holocaust denial do not end [nor will they ever…] with the pope’s declaration condemning Holocaust denial," Foxman told Haaretz.

Foxman, who was present at the meeting in the Vatican, refused to echo the compliments which other Jewish leaders feted [the writer seeks to trivialize the event] the pope over his forceful denunciations of Holocaust denial.

"A meeting between Jews and the pope is always an important, historic event," Foxman said.  [Now watch this!] Yet, "as long as the church allows an anti-Semitic bishop who denies the Holocaust to continue in his post under the aegis of the church, this means that the church is saying one thing yet doing another." 

[Foxman is well-informed and not stupid.  So, he must be choosing to distort the facts.  SSPX Bp. Williamson has never had a "post" under the "aegis" of the Church.  That.Is.The.Whole.Point.  Foxman is trying to reinforce hatred of the Catholic Church in this misstatement.  He cannot be unaware that Williamson doesn’t hold a "post" in the Church.]

Foxman, himself a Holocaust survivor, seeks to emphasize that he appreciates the pope’s condemnation and his moving statements on his planned visit to Israel. Yet, in his words, "you cannot say that you are against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial when you allow an anti-Semitic bishop and Holocaust denier to continue serving in the clergy."  [Again… the Church has never allowed Williamson to serve in the clergy. The lifting of the excomm does not give Williamson a "post"… under the "aegis" of the Church.]

"The church gave the bishop enough time to recant," Foxman said. "But he asked for forgiveness only from the pope [It wouldn’t make any difference to the ADL if he rubbed gravel in his hair as a begger on the steps of Yad Vashem.  He will never be able to do enough.] and he said he is waiting for proof that indeed six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust and the Nazis used gas chambers."

"Holocaust denial is a crime by law in key countries," Foxman said. "Only after the church recants from the rehabilitation and restores his prior standing as excommunicated can we say that the matter of the church and Holocaust denial has been solved."  [He wants the Church not to observe her own laws and deny a man just treatment.]

The ADL is the largest Jewish organization active in the United States.


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