Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

who's more inclusive now?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 27, 2009

 On the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield offers a balanced perspective on the Pope's decision to lift the excommunication on the SSPX bishops, despite the Bishop Williamson's loathsome statements about the Holocaust.  Hirschfield sensibly takes it for granted that the Pope disagrees with Williamson on that issue, and lifted the excommunication for other reasons. The Pope hasn't endorsed all the views of the SSPX, he noted; he has only affirmed that these bishops share the Catholic faith:

More interesting here, is the Pope's willingness to find a place for these men in particular and for the Society of Saint Pius X in general. If our definition of inclusiveness does not reach beyond the boundaries of our own personal comfort, can we call ourselves truly inclusive? 

Urging other commentators to react sensibly, Hirschfield argues: "The idea that this one move will jeopardize Catholic-Jewish relations is either insane or tragic."

Regrettably, this admirable comment runs alongside a feverish attack by Susan Jacoby, who uses the occasion to revive the old canards that Christianity led to the Holocaust and Pope Pius XII failed to oppose it. In mid-rant, as she reaches full stride, Jacoby asserts: 

By his action, this morally obtuse pope has demonstrated that he has no right to lecture anyone, Catholic or non-Catholic, about anything.

Readers who saw Hirschfield's comment are left to wonder whether Jacoby falls into the "insane" or "tragic" category. In any case, not "inclusive." 

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($34,059 to go):
$35,000.00 $941.00
97% 3%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30
In the Aftermath of Obergefell June 30
The political outlook after Obergefell June 29
Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul June 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4