While the Catholic Church has for five decades taught that Jews weren’t collectively responsible, Jewish scholars said Wednesday the argument laid out by the German-born pontiff, who has had his share of mishaps with Jews, was a landmark statement from a pope that would help fight anti-Semitism today. (Bold mine)
Mishaps? Did you say mishaps?
A few facts to keep in mind, re: mishaps:
1. Ratzinger was a member of the Hitler Youth.
2. Ratzinger was in the German anti-aircraft corps and later fought with the German infantry during World War Two.
Okay, he was drafted into the Hitler Youth and he was drafted into the army, but what about this:
3. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication a British bishop, Richard Williamson, who is a notorious Holocaust denier. He is a member of the Society of Saint Pius X, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a “font of anti-Semitic propaganda.” You know who else was a well known advocate of the ideas propagated by the Society of Saint Pius X (which rejects all Vatican II reforms)? None other than Mel “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” Gibson.
4. And this?
A retired Italian bishop has provoked fury by reportedly suggesting that “Zionists” are behind the current storm of accusations over clerical sex abuse shaking the Vatican and the Catholic Church.
So, I ask again, can this pattern of behavior be called a mishap? I say no. I say that it certainly rises to the level of a brouhaha, perhaps even a contretemps.