Maurice over at the Maurice Pinay Blog has offered some astute commentary on one of the answers Francis gave in his interview with Henrique Cymerman. For those who would like to read the full interview, see Another interview -- only this one hasn't been publicized. Maurice's entry follows.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014
A study in Pope Francis' selective mysticism
Below is an excerpt from an interview of Pope Francis by Henrique Cymerman. Cymerman sets Francis up with a softball to slam over the ghetto wall; who murdered Christ?
"Christ's murderers – that's one of the most difficult things. The Second Vatican Council, which convened in the 1960s, unequivocally rejected the claim that the Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus. But anti-Semitism is a very complex problem, far beyond the religious dimension. It also has a political dimension. After all, anti-Semitism is more prevalent on the right than on the left. And it doesn't stop there. There are people who deny the Holocaust – still today. It's madness, but it happens. And it's incomprehensible."
See how Francis mystifies who murdered Christ ("that's one of the most difficult things" to answer), but states in absolute terms that it wasn't 'the Jews.'
Note how Francis mystifies the causes of 'anti-Semitism' ("a very complex problem;" in this case the Gospel truth that Jewish authorities and their followers pressed for Christ to be executed, which the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate, does, in fact, state, contrary to Francis' suggestion).
Note then how Francis states in absolute terms that "it's madness" to "deny the Holocaust"while mystifying the many justified causes anyone might have for questioning 'Holocaust' writ ("it's incomprehensible" that someone would "deny the Holocaust"). Note that in no case does Francis express such outrage that one would deny any Catholic truth.
And note how quickly Francis skips from his mystification of the murder of Christ to his absolutism on 'the Holocaust.'
What is the net effect of Francis' selective mysticism? It's hard to know who murdered Christ despite what the Gospel and 2000 years of Church teaching state absolutely on the matter, but it's insane to question what some imaginative East European peasant Yids claim happened during WWII.
'Modernism' is not arbitrary craziness as many traditionalist leaders mystifyingly suggest. It has a clearly discernible, absolute trajectory.