Who Can Forget His Name Was Josef Radzinger?

We are obviously not as good at holding our leaders accountable and demanding results as they are in Europe:

Responding to global outrage, especially in Pope Benedict XVI’s native Germany, the Vatican for the first time on Wednesday called on a recently rehabilitated bishop to take back his statements denying the Holocaust.

Late last month, the pope revoked the excommunication of four schismatic bishops, including British-born Richard Williamson, who in an interview broadcast last month denied the existence of the Nazi gas chambers.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the Vatican Secretariat of State said that Bishop Williamson “must absolutely, unequivocally and publicly distance himself from his positions on the Shoah,” or Holocaust, which it said were “unknown to the Holy Father at the time he revoked the excommunication.”

The unsigned statement seemed a clear indication that the Vatican was facing an internal and external political crisis.

I want to make sure I get this straight: the leader of the Catholic Church did something, publicly, that not only went against the wishes of many of his followers but cut to the very core of their ideological values.  His followers got mad. Very, very mad.  They called on the Pope to account for his actions, indeed to repudiate them in light of Bishop Williamson being a Holocaust denier and (pardon my language) a son of a bitch.  And the Pope has responded, has answered the call because he now finds his Church in a state of crisis.

Isn’t that sort of refreshing?  That a leader is taken to task for doing something reprehensible and against the concious of his people?  He’s sort of low balling it at the moment, of course, just calling on Williamson to say he’s not really a Holocaust denier — which I don’t expect Williamson to do (or maybe he will, just to spread his backwards gospel) — so the story isn’t over yet.

I’m sorry.  As I’m sure you can tell, I’m feeling overwhelmed and pretty down about the state of the stimulus debate right now.  I’m wondering why our President is letting a bunch of good for nothing bad ideas get the better of fixing our economy.  And I’m seething at the audacity of Dick Cheney for continuing to support the Bush Administration’s blatant disregard for the Constitution.

The revolutionary spirit inside of me is on fire right now.

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