This guy takes the 'anti-Semitism' argument to new extremes, and makes
it all the more see through. Bizarre comparison......


Outrage at anti-Semitism comparison by Pope preacher

Jewish groups and victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests have
condemned the Pope's preacher for comparing criticism of the pontiff
to anti-Semitism.

US-based abuse victims' group Snap said the remarks were "morally wrong".

The head of Germany's Central Council of Jews described the Easter
sermon as unprecedented "insolence".

The Catholic Church has been rocked by abuse scandals this year. The
Vatican said Raniero Cantalamessa's remarks did not represent its
official view.

Drawing such parallels could "lead to misunderstandings", spokesman
Rev Federico Lombardi told the Associated Press.

Fr Cantalamessa's sermon was printed in full on the front page of the
Vatican's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

The Catholic Church has been engulfed this year by sex abuse scandals,
many dating back decades, in Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands,
Austria, the Pope's native Germany and the US.

'Repulsive and offensive'

At a Good Friday service in St Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Preacher
of the Pontifical Household compared criticism of the Church over
abuse allegations to "the collective violence suffered by the Jews".

Fr Cantalamessa said he had been inspired by a letter from a Jewish
friend who had been upset by the "attacks" against the Pope.

He then read part of the letter, in which his friend said he was
following "with indignation the violent and concentric attacks against
the Church, the Pope and all the faithful of the whole world".

"The use of stereotypes and the passing from personal responsibility
and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the more shameful aspects
of anti-Semitism," he quoted the letter as saying, as the Pope

The comments swiftly provoked angry reactions both from Jewish groups
and those representing abuse victims.

The secretary general of Germany's Central Council of Jews, Stephan
Kramer, told the Associated Press the remarks were "repulsive, obscene
and most of all offensive towards all abuse victims as well as to all
the victims of the Holocaust".

A spokesman for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
(Snap) said the sermon had been "reckless and irresponsible".

'Failure to act'

On Saturday, he is to lead an Easter vigil service in St Peter's and
on Sunday he is due to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi - "for the
city and the world" - message and blessing.

The pontiff has been accused personally of failing to take action
against a suspected abuser during his tenure as archbishop of Munich -
a claim the Vatican strongly denies.

Critics also say that when he was prefect of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith, which deals with sex abuse cases, he did not
act against a US priest who is thought to have abused some 200 deaf

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that the then-Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger had also allowed a case against a priest in Arizona to
languish at the Vatican for years, despite repeated pleas from a local
bishop for the man to be removed from the priesthood.

Documents reportedly show that in 1990, members of a Church tribunal
found that Rev Michael Teta had molested children as far back as the
late 1970s.

The panel referred the case to Cardinal Ratzinger. But it took 12
years from the time the future Pope assumed control of the case in a
signed letter until Rev Teta was removed from the ministry, it was

AP reported it had seen other documents which indicated that as a
Vatican cardinal, Benedict was also warned of allegations against
another Arizona priest, Msgr Robert Trupia.

A bishop had labelled Trupia "a major risk factor to the children,
adolescents and adults", but it was not clear from the case files
whether Cardinal Ratzinger had replied, reported AP.


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