Just a quickie while we’re on the subject of priests!
We discussed earlier whether abortion should be legalised in Poland and there were, predictably, many and varied views on the subject. The Vatican’s view on such matters is predictable and so it comes as no surprise that they are strongly criticising one of Obama’s first acts, that of freeing up American funding to family planning clinics abroad. Apparently it is okay for the church to dictate on this matter, but not anyone else.
One Vatican official warned against the “arrogance” of those in power who think they can decide between life and death.
“If this is one of President Obama’s first acts, I have to say, in all due respect, that we’re heading quickly toward disappointment,” Mr Fisichella, who heads the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, told the Corriere della Sera.
Obama vs the Pope – ding ding, round 1.
I can’t help commenting on the mysterious ways in which the Vatican makes its decisions by contrasting its obvious concern about human life in the abortion issue with its disregard of people’s feelings, and one might argue its devaluing of human life, by dropping the punishment for Holocaust-denying bishop Richard Williamson and welcoming him back into the Catholic church.
“I believe there were no gas chambers… I think that 200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps but none of them by gas chambers,” he told SVT television in an interview that was recorded in Germany last November. “There was not one Jew killed by the gas chambers. It was all lies, lies, lies!”
For a Pope born as a citizen of a country where holocaust denial is illegal, and very close to Austria where they recently jailed Irving for it, his embracing of such statements made by his employees is hard to take. Still, being Pope has always allowed one to ignore the more inconvenient realities of life on this planet so perhaps he’s just continuing a great historical tradition?
The holocaust-denial is not Williamson’s only lunacy. Apparently, he is also convinced that 9/11 was deliberately executed by the US to allow them to invade Iraq/Afghanistan.
And this is one of the men who is charged to shepherd his flock, to advise people as regards abortions, amongst other family matters? Who needs the church, if you’re looking for advice you might as well pop down the local nuthouse and chat with the inmates!