Wednesday, January 28, 2009


For several days, many media outlets and bloggers have been commenting on the decision of Pope Benedict XVI to lift the excommunications of four men from a group called the Society of St. Pius X.

Commenting on this serious and controversial issue would require a good deal of background information and thoughtful analysis -- requiring more discernment and time than I would be able to provide this week.

For good coverage, check out Charlotte was Both where Amy has a series of posts looking at the various aspects involved. Ross recommends Amy on this one, too.

Deacon Greg and A Concord Pastor and John Allen and Rocco and Mike also have been following the story. They also can be trusted for fair coverage and analysis.

Sully has been weighing in, too. And, reading Fr. Z. could be helpful now in understanding matters related to SSPX.


HowiTown said...

Haven't read any of that stuff you mentioned, but my (completely unread and uneducational) opinion is this:

Even liars are allowed to be Catholic Priests.

And then I would ask this: what priest is NOT a liar? Since we all know the answer to this question, my next question would be this: are we permitted, in the face of God, to judge those who lie, as we ourselves do, and decide which lie is worse? (Keeping in mind that no crime has been committed.)

What would God say to this whole debate?

I'll bet he'd just smile and shake his head as many parents do when they see their children having a ridiculus argument.

HowiTown said...

Ahhhh, what do you say now? Is the Pope our new liar???

"Bishop Williamson, in order to be admitted to episcopal functions within the church, will have to take his distance, in an absolutely unequivocal and public fashion, from his position on the Shoah, which the Holy Father was not aware of when the excommunication was lifted," the statement said. The Shoah is the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.

We all are, he's not that any different you know . . .