Bishop Williamson lashes out against the Jews again

19 October 2011

The dissident Catholic bishop Richard Williamson, who caused an outcry in 2009 after publicly denying the Holocaust in a TV interview whilst being readmitted into the fold of the Catholic Church by the Vatican, has publicly criticized Pope Benedict XVI for absolving Jews of age-old charges of ‘deicide’. In his weekly web blog ‘Eleison Comments’, Williamson – one of four bishops of the ultra-conservative Catholic breakaway group Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) – writes that “the killing of Jesus was truly ‘deicide’” and that “only the Jews (leaders and people) were the prime agents of the deicide because it is obvious from the Gospels that the Gentile most involved, Pontius Pilate, would never have condemned Jesus to death had not the Jewish leaders roused the Jewish people to clamour for his crucifixion.”

Reiterating the century-old belief in Christian circles that even today’s Jews are to be held responsible for the death of Jesus, Williamson writes: “But [19th century Pope] Leo XIII is by no means alone in observing such a continuity amongst Jews down the centuries. Do they themselves not lay claim today to the land of Palestine on the grounds that it is theirs by right from the God of the Old Testament? Has there ever been a race-people-nation on the face of the earth more proudly self-identifying as identical down the ages? Originally raised by God to cradle the Messiah, alas, when he came they refused, collectively to recognize him.”

Earlier this year, Pope Benedict XVI made it clear that the Jews could not be held responsible collectively and eternally for the death of Jesus, whom Christians regard as the Messiah and God’s son.

Williamson, who after his Holocaust denial was asked in 2009 by the Vatican to recant in order to exercise episcopal functions and has been sidelined even by the leadership of the SSPX, ends his column by saying that the Jews “until they convert at the end of the world, as the Church has always taught they will do [...] they seem bound to choose to go on acting, collectively, as enemies of the true Messiah.”

Earlier this month, the English bishop in his blog endorsed conspiracy theories which allege that the September 2001 attacks were orchestrated by the US authorities.

Williamson's long record of extremist outbursts

Since the 1980s, the 71-year-old has regularly attacked Jews and questioned the Holocaust. Citing the discredited Leuchter report, Williamson denied that millions of Jews were murdered in Nazi concentration camps. During his interview with Swedish television, recorded in November 2008, he stated: "I believe that the historical evidence is strongly against, is hugely against six million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler." He added: "I think that 200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but none of them in gas chambers.”

According to ‘Wikipedia’, Williamson also holds strong views regarding gender roles and dress. He opposes women wearing trousers or shorts, attending college or university, or having a career, and has urged greater "manliness" in men. His SSPX brotherhood is currently engaged in reconciliation negotiations with the Vatican which center on the recognition of reforms by the Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, which the SSPX strongly opposes.

European rabbis call on Vatican to stop talks with Williamson's group

In a first reaction, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt (pictured right), called on Pope Benedict XVI to halt the Vatican talks with "extremist" Catholic groups such as the SSPX. "Comments like these take us back decades to the dark days before there was a meaningful and mutually respectful dialogue between Jews and Roman Catholics,” the CER president, who is chief rabbi of Moscow, declared, adding: "There must be no rapprochement within the Catholic Church for those of its flock who seek to preach words of hate."

He pointed out that Williamson was not the only one in the brotherhood who accuses Jews of deicide. Last month, another senior SSPX cleric, Abbot Régis de Cacqueray, the superior of the French Province of the Pius Brotherhood, also accused Jews of killing God's son. “Pope Benedict has shown a commitment to fostering a spirit of positive dialogue with Jews both before and during his papacy. But he must clearly show that there is no room in the Catholic Church for purveyors of hate."

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Dinken

Mon, 24 Oct 2011

Jesus never claimed he is the Messiah. In fact he charged his disciples saying " you shall tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ". Mt.16:20

The dissident Catholic bishop Richard Williamson is one among the many who disobey Jesus and preach that Jesus is the Christ. So it is not a wonder he makes such comments about the brethren of Jesus.

Ertik

Sun, 23 Oct 2011

I'm not a jew,and I care what he said.His words were the words of a bias hate monger.His comments about the holocaust were an insult to not only every jew alive or dead but to any person with any compassion for their fellow man.Also it should be an insult to anyone that professes to be a Christian,Jesus was after all a jew. If you don't believe me, there's a book that explains it very clearly,it called The Bible.

Joan Swan

Sat, 22 Oct 2011

The problem with the Jews is that they do not want to face the truth. They were the instruments through which Christ died although He died for the forgiveness of all our sins.

What is to be said of the Roman Catholic Church's John Paul II's saying that along with the Jews, we too are still waiting for the Messiah?

While I may not agree with Bishop Williamson in everything, he has the right of free speech and the fact that he is a priest does not deny him that right.

The Church has had too many problems in the past trying to stiffle dissent when things should be brought out in the open and each side given a chance to debate the merits of their position.

Dallus

Sat, 22 Oct 2011

As a Catholic who is faithful to the Catholic Church of all time, who believes that it is necessary to be Catholic to be saved, much like how the Jewish people believe that you are the chosen ones, Bishop Williamson is a good faithful man. Who's not afraid of getting intimidated by the Zionist conspiracy. Did many Jews die in the concentration camps? Of course. Was it 6 million? Maybe, maybe not. Was it a horrible point in history? Of course. Was it sad and evil what happened? Of course, though let's not forget others were killed on those camps, I never hear Jews talk about them. Now as a Catholic why can't anyone openly question the number, why is it a crime in countries like Germany? That sounds fishy that you have to force someone to believe in what is now a secular dogma. My Jewish friend, 5 million blacks apparently died in the middle passage during slavery, it was said that 20 million were killed in Russia during Stalin's time, 40 million killed during the Chinese revolutation. Yet if anyone questions those numbers, no one gets hand cuffed or demonized. With humble humility really think about that. History has happened, the Jews aside from Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus to die, that's fact. Does that equate to all Jews being evil, of course NOT!!! It's fishy that no one is allowed to question you guys. And really, the Jewish Rabbis should stay out of the Catholic Church's business, it's not your church it's ours. If you're going to slander his character and highlight his negative aspects, then in turn promote awareness of other genocidal crimes of history with the same zeal that you do with your point of history.

jason

Wed, 19 Oct 2011

What do you care about what a Catholic Priest says about anything? You don't believe in Christ so why would it bother you SO much that he says these things in a blog. It appears that you are being hateful in trying to stir this up and put him in a bad light... again, why do you care so much about a priest in a religion that you don't believe in? Why are YOU following his blog?

Are you actually quoting wikipedia? Really?

Just because one doesn't believe the same as you doesn't mean they "hate" you.

I'm not a muslim and I do speak out against the religion... that doesn't mean I "hate" them nor does that make me a purveyor of hate.

You want him to accept what you believe and not what he believes... doesn't that make you a purveyor of hate? You hate him, his opinion and his religion because you speak out against them. That is your logic.

How can a rabbi call on the Catholic Church to do anything? Is a rabbi a priest of the Catholic Church? Can I call on the jews to stop anything I deem hateful? Probably not.

Any "mutually respectful dialogue" has only one purpose... to convert. Are you happy with the Catholic Church trying to convert jews? Are the jews really interested in converting Catholics let alone anyone? Why are there no jewish missionaries?