Homepage DVD Video Files Audio Files News Updates Contacts Links

click here for the original JailingOpinions.com exposé of
Times journalist Ruth Gledhill's error-strewn article

click here to download BBC interview
with Lady Renouf and Lord Janner
(Radio 4, World at One, 25th February)

21st Century 'Heresy'

Holocaust scepticism is the one unpardonable 'sin'

Bishop Richard Williamson

We live in an age of moral relativism. Behaviour that would have horrified every previous generation is now celebrated. Beliefs held sacrosanct for two millennia are openly mocked.

Even the Church of Rome, once a beacon of consistency, has cringed before modern (and post-modern) liberal trends since the Second Vatican Council, held from 1962 to 1965.

There is one single exception to this trend, and a single exception to the far older and more honourable tradition of source sceptical enquiry. The events known as the Holocaust are immune from critical investigation, it is assumed that one version of those events is an absolute and eternal truth, and any judgment of that period of history which diverges from the orthodox line is regarded as an unforgiveable moral outrage.

Bishop Richard Williamson, a Cambridge-educated Englishman, has been literally demonised by the media, by Jews, by the Left, and by elements within his own church in recent weeks, ever since giving an interview to Swedish television in which he expressed his views that no Jews were killed in gas chambers and that the total Jewish death toll in the wartime camps was around 300,000.

A Vatican spokesman has said:
"There is no room for such views in the Catholic Church. They are totally unacceptable."

Literally demonised: Bishop Williamson is portrayed as the Devil (and the Pope as in league with the Devil)

Authorities in Argentina, where Bishop Williamson was director of a Catholic seminary, expelled him from the country on a visa technicality, while letting it be known that in reality he was being punished for his opinions.

Though he has humbly pledged to reconsider his views in the light of any new evidence his opponents can provide, German leftists at a carnival in Dusseldorf portrayed the Bishop as the Devil.

On returning to his native Britain, Bishop Williamson's return was met by a near-riot of press at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.

Damian Thompson of the Catholic Herald and Ruth Gledhill of The Times have seized the opportunity to attack the traditionalist Society of St Pius X to which Bishop Williamson belongs, while insisting that there can be no rational discussion of the views the bishop holds.

Their argument seems unChristian, though very much in the spirit of the Stockholm International Forum 2000 in its guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust, which stated:
Care must be taken not to give a platform for deniers... or seek to disprove the deniers' position through normal historical debate and rational argument.

Note that the advocates of this new religion of Holocaustianity resist the invasion of reason onto their sacred turf.

Whatever our religion, those who are interested in historical truth underpinned by free and fearless research must trust that (in whatever direction his views develop) Bishop Williamson will continue in the fine tradition of St Thomas Aquinas, holding reason as a true gift from God complementary to faith.

latest JailingOpinions.com update - Bishop threatened by Europe's Crooked Commissioner

News updates on the Williamson case:

Pope Benedict XVI apologises for offending Jews

Kevin Myers in Irish Independent:
I'm a holocaust denier, but...

San Francisco Examiner - Cardinal bans holocaust-denier from LA archdiocese

Sunday Telegraph - The downfall of a Bishop

Sunday Times - 'What holocaust?' - as the beauty said to the bishop

Independent - Germany may arrest Holocaust row bishop

Guardian - Vatican rejects bishop's apology

Sydney Morning Herald - Renouf greets expelled bishop

Press Association - Holocaust-denying bishop 'on way to UK'

BBC - Nazi row bishop leaves Argentina

Boston Globe - Cardinal reaches out to Jewish leaders

European Jewish Press - Jewish group hails Argentina's decision to order expulsion of negationist priest

Algemeiner -
Elie Wiesel attacks Pope over Holocaust bishop

Press TV -
Vatican protests blasphemous Israeli show

European Jewish Press -
Sarkozy: Holocaust-denying bishop comments are "shocking and unacceptable"

Washington Post -
Pope reaches out to Jews

Guardian -
Pope criticises Holocaust denial at meeting with U.S. Jews

Canada Western Catholic Reporter -
Remembering the Holocaust deemed a religious duty

Globe & Mail -
Jewish groups seize chance to press Vatican not to beatify wartime pope


site created February 14th 2007 - latest update March 31st 2009

email the web editor peter@jailingopinions.com