Fr. Peter Daly
February 10, 2009
Thank God for the goodness of people like Rabbi Arnold Saltzman.
I saw the
Rabbi at a conference held at our parish just a few days after the
I told Rabbi Saltzman how deeply pained and embarrassed I was by the views held by this man. I told him that Williamson’s views were not mine or the views of most Catholics.
Williamson denies the Holocaust. He denies that Jews were gassed by the Nazis. He says what the whole world knows to be false, that the Holocaust did not happen.
The Rabbi said graciously, “I also believe in forgiveness.” Then he added, “The statements of a deranged individual will not undo the good work that has been done over the last 20 to 30 years.”
Not for one
minute do I believe that the Pope or the
somebody at the
The same day that the excommunication was lifted, Williamson gave an interview to Swedish television. In that interview he said that “at most 200 to 300,000 Jews were killed” by the Nazis and that none were killed in gas chambers. He said, “I believe there were no gas chambers.”
The whole world has seen those gas chambers. I have seen those gas chambers.
Williamson’s fantasy views are not confined to the Holocaust.
for instance, that September 11, 2001 was a conspiracy carried out by the
This guy has other views no less lunatic.
interview with the Toronto Star years ago he accused
He also thinks that women should not be permitted to attend college or university. He opposes women wearing trousers.
He denounced The Sound of Music, as “soul rotting slush.” I can see why he wouldn’t like it. That movie depicts his Nazis in a rather bad light.
also thinks that the Kennedy assassination was staged by the
All of this stuff is available in his own words.
How was the
If only the
people within big organizations do not talk to people outside their own little
circle. It happens in academia and government. In
Perhaps some of the advisors to the Pope need to get outside the bubble.
Meanwhile, back in ordinary parish life, I thank God for the forgiveness of people like Rabbi Saltzman.