Thursday, January 22, 2009

SSPX Bishop Williamson drops a turd in the punchbowl

The Holy Father has lifted the SSPX excommunications. He's held his hand out in loving compassion. Now the SSPX has to respond. One of the first things they have to do is make a decision: Do they want to remain sitting on a hill watching the battle or do they want to provide reinforcements? Part of that decision is figuring out what to do about Bishop Williamson.

Bishop Richard Williamson, who I swear does more to turn people off from the traditionalist movement than anybody I can think of, has done it again. He gave an interview for Swedish TV back in November and apparently denied that any Jews died in gas chambers during the Holocaust.

Well now. Bishop Williamson has a right to his bizarre opinions but let us remember that some opinions are like jock itch. You have may have it but nobody really wants to hear about it. This interview is just like the old high school prank of going to the prom and sneaking a turd into the punchbowl.

Bishop Williamson's opinions make all of the priests and laity of the SSPX look bad. I'm afraid that the media, which is how most people get their information will use Williamson's interview to paint an ugly picture of everyone who loves the TLM.

If Bishop Fellay and the other leaders of SSPX are serious about normalizing their status within the Church they need to suggest that Bishop Williamson get a new pet subject to talk about in public. Something safe like beekeeping. Or better yet, how about getting him to retire?

Well, it's not a retirement but Bishop Fellay has rebuked Bishop Williamson and somebody got Williamson to write an apology letter.


DerJimbo said...

He has a right to his opinions, but not to his facts. This is not a matter of opinion; the holocaust is a fact.

Williamson is reportedly very well educated, which means that he could not be ignorant of the historical evidence. That leaves very few alternative explanations for his statements, and none of those explanations is pleasant to contemplate.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Williamson should never have been ordained in the 1st place. Fr. Blake's blog clues us to why.

a thorn in the pew said...

Yeah, I read that too. I really thought it had to be a misprint. What a butthead(sorry, but he is).

Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

He is the Fred Phelps of Traditionalist Catholics. SSPX is better off without him.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

If he thinks this is true (and there seem to be some technical arguments in favour of it), why should he feel ashamped of saying so?