Pope blesses holocuast denier

February 1, 2009

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Pope Benedict the 16th has reinstated Bishop Richard Williams, a British religious leader who questions aspects of the Jewish holocaust during WW2.  See here. This has created the usual furor, from the usual suspects.

Its interesting to briefly examine the connection between Fascism and Roman Catholicism. Indeed, it was Molotov in the 30’s, one of Stalin’s henchmen, who said a mixture of fascism and Roman Catholicism could be an unstoppable world force.  There is even a wing of Fascist Studies, the area of historical inquiry at Universities that deal with fascism and its history, that deals with Clerico Fascism. Clerical Fascism is the mixture of fascism and religion i.e. Spanish Flangists, The Iron Guard , Salazar’s Portugal, etc.

Pope Benedict as we all know was a member of the Hilter Youth (above), and a believer and fellow traveler with the Nazi regime as a young man. His view of theology also has more than a few whiffs of the fascist esprit d ‘cor to it. Add to that the historical ‘Hitler Pope’, Pius 12, who casts a long shadow on the Catholic church’s legacy since ww2 and its complicity with the Nazi regime.

And now the Pope is blessing Holocaust deniers!

Is the legacy of clerical fascism seeing a resurgence?

Another priest recently joined the ranks of those who question the official story of the holocaust. See here. Are we seeing a domino effect in the Catholic clergy?

Add to this continuing accusations of the misuses of the memory of the holocaust in support of Israeli war crimes in Gaza and the Turkish PM walking out in disgust on a Shimon Peres talk in Davos. See here and here. Add to that the infamous Norman Finkelstein calling the Israel state satanic, see here.

And, voila. You the have a perfect storm of holocaust related issues to mull over, consider thoughtfully… and silently.

Below Bishop Williams and Pius the 12th.

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3 Responses to “Pope blesses holocuast denier”

  1. Rups said

    Speaking of Salazar, you should read some of the fascinating notions of Lusotropicalism.

    Rups 🙂

  2. richard777 said

    Wow! Interesting. Thanks Rups.

    From wikipedia:

    “Lusotropicalism is a belief and movement especially strong during the Salazar’s dictatorship in Portugal (the Estado Novo regime), proposing that the Portuguese were better colonizers than other European nations. It was believed that because of Portugal’s warmer climate, being geographically close to Africa, and having been inhabited by Romans, Visigoths, Moors and several other peoples in pre-modern times, the Portuguese were more humane, friendly, and adaptable to other climates and cultures. In addition, by the early 20th century, Portugal was by far the European colonial power with the oldest territorial presence overseas, in some cases its territories had been continuously settled and ruled by the Portuguese throughout five centuries. It celebrated both actual and mythological elements of racial democracy and civilizing mission in the Portuguese Empire, and was a pro-miscegenation attitude toward the colonies/overseas territories. It is best exemplified in the work of Gilberto Freyre.

    Salazar’s view

    In order to support his colonial policies, António de Oliveira Salazar adopted Gilberto Freyre’s notion of Lusotropicalism, maintaining that since Portugal had been a multicultural, multiracial and pluricontinental nation since the 15th century, if the country were to be dismembered by losing its overseas territories, that would spell the end for Portuguese independence. In geopolitical terms, no critical mass would then be available to guarantee self-sufficiency to the Portuguese State. Salazar had strongly resisted Freyre’s ideas throughout the 1930s, partly because Freyre claimed the Portuguese were more prone than other European nations to miscegenation, and only adopted Lusotropicalism after sponsoring Freyre on a visit to Portugal and its colonies in 1951-2. Freyre’s work “Aventura e Rotina” was a result of this trip.”

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