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Italian bishop reportedly says that Jews are behind attacks on Church

Catholic World News - April 14, 2010

“The perennial enemies of the Church, the Masons and the Jews” are behind recent attacks on the Church, an Italian Catholic news blog has quoted a retired Italian bishop as saying.

Denouncing the “Zionist attack,” retired Bishop Giacomo Babini of Grosseto (Tuscany) also reportedly said, “They do not want the Church, they are its natural enemies. Deep down, historically speaking, the Jews are God killers.”

“The Holocaust was a shame for all mankind,” the prelate reportedly added, but “the Nazi criminal fury was loosed against the excesses and the economic embezzlements of the Jews who choked the German economy.”

Bishop Babini denied making the statements. “Statements about our Jewish brothers that I have never pronounced have been attributed to me,” he said. “In no way have I expressed any similar evaluations and judgments, from which I flatly distance myself.”

Standing by his story, the editor of the blog said he would publish a recording of the interview.

Bishop Babini also reportedly distinguished between those who struggle against homosexual temptations and those who engage in, and even boast of, homosexual activity. About the latter, he reportedly said that “even the animals respect the order of the nature and they do not.”

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Apr. 14, 2010 2:04 PM ET USA

    "When it was late that same day, the first of the week, though the doors where the disciples gathered had been closed for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, 'Peace be to you!'" John 20:19 The apostles were afraid of the Jews, and their successors are still afraid almost 2,000 years later.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Apr. 14, 2010 8:11 AM ET USA

    It wouldn't surprise me if Bishop Babini was "framed" somehow. After all, in this media firestorm, it's open season on the Church.

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