Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Reinstating a holocaust denier

This weekend, I decided to focus on forgiveness and unity for my homily. I talked about the lifting of the excommunication of the Society of St. Pius X. I mentioned the one bishop that is nuts, I almost used an offensive colloquialism to describe him but stopped myself, thank goodness. If you wonder what I almost said, it rhymes with "cat spit crazy".

Why would the Pope want us associated with this crazy bishop? I think it has to do with the fact that, despite his insanity, he's still a validly ordained bishop of the church who is leading people. And the fact that his fellow separated bishops were so embarrassed by his remarks that they asked him to silence himself.

I connected it to the idea of authority being used to heal people. Jesus is identified in the Gospel of Mark as having authority and that's why he heals. It is also why he is threatening to the powers that be.

Ultimately, this bishop will die and his ideas will die with him. But, his followers will continue on and will do so, not separated from the church but, hopefully, reunited with the church that fully acknowledges the holocaust and hopes that it will never happen again.

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