Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Furor Over the Holy Father's Latest Steps Toward Unity

While I renew with affection the expression of my full and unquestionable solidarity with our brothers receivers of the First Covenant, I hope that the memory of the Shoah leads mankind to reflect on the unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the heart of man.

May the Shoah be for all a warning against forgetfulness, against denial or reductionism, because the violence against a single human being is violence against all. No man is an island, a famous poet write. The Shoah particularly teaches, both old an the new generations, that only the tiresome path of listening and dialogue, of love and of forgiveness lead the peoples, the cultures, and the religions of the world to the hoped-for goal of fraternity and peace in truth. May violence never again crush the dignity of man!

From the Holy Father's weekly audience today.

Fr. Zuhlsdorf has an excellent commentary on today's nonsense from some in the Jewish community over the Holy Father's lifting of excommunication for Bp. Williamson. One would hope that reasonably intelligent people could apply reasonable, rational thought to the issues and understand that the excommunication was neither incurred nor lifted over any issues relating to the holocaust.

Responding with reasoned charity leads one toward unity--responding with a lack of same leads away from it. Illustrated.

The Holy Father has (and needs) broad shoulders. Let's now, more than ever, pray for and support our Papa Benedict

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