Monday, January 26, 2009
Obama, our imminent abject poverty and the final collapse of Brown over the weekend aside, this is the biggest story of the moment. Andrew Sullivan, a Catholic, makes the case against Pope Benedict's actions here and here. 'Bishop' Williamson denies the Holocaust on the basis of the evidence of Fred Leuchter. I saw Leuchter on television a while back. He seems to be a bit Jeff if you know what I mean. Williamson also thinks 9/11 was a Jewish plot and women should not wear trousers. This is a big story because of the issue of Benedict's motives. Why bring this shower back into the fold just now? Is it because Israel's global image is at an all time low? Anti-semitism has tended to move to the left lately but Williamson and his friends seem such a toxic package that one can imagine all sorts of leftish priests, in, for example, Latin America, finding this intolerable. I'm speculating, partly in ignorance, but this is just to say that such tensions in the mightiest institution on the planet are worth noting.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:47 am