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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Merkel criticizes Benedict XVI

When German and Vatican politics collide, normally stoic Germans speak out. That's what happened yesterday when the pope removed the excommunication of four bishops from the Society of St. Pius X. Unfortunately, one of these bishops denies that the Holocaust happened, and that is against the law in Germany.

One person asked, ,,How could the pope do this, knowing the bishop's denial of the Holocaust"? Simple answer: Benedict XVI, like his predecessor John Paul II, is an avowed ecumenist. One of his primary goals is to bring all the small fractioned groups estranged in the Roman Catholic Church back under the papal umbrella. A few years ago the pope was willing to drop one of the many papal titles to ease the way for closer ecumenism with the Orthodox Church. Bringing all Christian churches back under the papal banner is the goal of the popes.

Check out today's article about the flap at Deutsche Welle.

DW also has two concise videos:

Catholics React

Concerns Grow

Here's a recent commentary by German journalist Felix Steiner.

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