"We were delighted when Cardinal Ratzinger was elected to the Papacy! Saint Francis wanted us to always love and follow the Pope. The Friars of the Renewal strive to listen to the voice of the Spirit speaking through the appointed Vicar of Christ."
The above is a quote from the website of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. I wonder if it was truly the Holy Spirit speaking through Pope Benedict when Benedict un-excommunicated Bishop Richard Williamson last month. Bishop Williamson is a holocaust denier, among other things.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: In the Catholic Church, a bishop is an ordained minister who holds the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders and is responsible for teaching the faith and ruling the church.
From a column by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes:
Bishop Williamson's efforts to appear he's making epic revelations about various matters of history are not new, apparently. Perusing his writings and talks, one sees he feels certain he has "evidence" that 9-11 collapses of buildings were not caused by airplanes. He holds it was conspiracy by the US government.
He feels he has "evidence" that women are "unwomanized" by going to university. I'd have to agree with him. It is true. By going to university, women are often "unwomanized" from the matchboxes they've been stuffed into, and become superlative woman-sized in good and useful ways, instead.
But, the chronic conspiracy rants by Bishop Williamson, took a more bizarre turn when he repeated his old favored trope that Jews being gassed in the Holocaust was not true. And he has "evidence," he said, his voice shaking with excitement. And he managed to say it all in public on Swedish television.
Watching the Swedish television clip of Williamson holding forth, I took steno, (no doubt Bishop W. would eagerly approve my vocational-school skill.).
The interviewer asks, "Did you not say, 'There was not one Jew killed by the gas chambers: it was all lies, lies, lies...'"?
Williamson proudly asserts, yes he did say that. Then he adds:
"I believe that the historical evidence, the historical evidence is strongly against, is hugely against six million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolph Hitler... I believe there were no gas chambers... I think 200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in concentration camps, but not one of them by gassing in a gas chamber... If anti-Semitism is bad, it's against truth. But, if something is true, it's not bad..."