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February 06, 2009

Better late than never

Funny how it turns out the Pope does have some latitude after all. Of course, if you point this out before the fact you get the stick. As one friend pointed out to me, Vatican PR needs to be brought forward from the Middle Ages.

On Jan. 24, the Vatican announced it was lifting excommunications on four bishops from the ultra-traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. Not only are the four bishops unrepentant enemies of Vatican II, which completely transformed the Church over the past decades, but one of the men turned out to be a vocal anti-Semite and Holocaust denier.

Richard Williamson has said that Jews are plotting world domination, that women should never be allowed to wear pants and that the movie The Sound of Music is pornographic. He also thinks 9/11 was a hoax.

The Vatican announcement about the bishops was made on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and Holocaust remembrance weekend in Europe.

Yesterday, the Vatican was still in full damage control, saying it now wanted Bishop Williamson to recant his extremist views.

That said, fair dues about The Sound of Music.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 6, 2009 09:28 AM


...Vatican PR needs to be brought forward from the Middle Ages.

On that I will certainly agree. Though I suspect John Paul II would have handled that angle of it much better.

As for The Sound of Music, what can you possibly say about a musical that converts "Ach, Du Lieber Augustine" from gallows humor to a campfire song about friendship?

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2009 02:54 PM