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Pope Embraces Anti-Gay Holocaust Denier, Launches YouTube Channel


Pope Benedict has launched his very own Catholic propaganda channel on YouTube.

WilliamsonThe Pope has also pardoned the excommunications of four bishops including British Bishop Richard Williamson, who is a Holocaust denier, a 9/11 truther, thinks women should neither be educated nor wear trousers, and is "violently" anti-gay, writes Andrew Sullivan:

"God did not wait for the founding of the Catholic Church to instill in men the horror of this sin, but he implanted in the human nature of all of us, unless or until we corrupt it, an instinct of violent repugnance for this particular sin, comparable to our instinctive repugnance for other misuses of our human frame, such as coprophagy."

Sullivan notes that in a letter from 1997 to his friends and benefactors, Williamson goes so far as to mock gays in a passage spelled out to mimic lisping:

"Oh, but Our Lord had chawity, (unlike thumwun we know who wath tho nathty to Pwintheth Di!). Our Lord loved thinnerth, and faggotth, and tho thould we!!"

Watch a short clip of Williamson, in which he states that he believes the Nazi gas chambers did not exist, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. what a douchebag.
    people like this give my religion a horrific name.

    Posted by: jake | Jan 26, 2009 5:23:22 PM

  2. The ridiculous aspect of this is that Williamson denies the existence of Nazi gas chambers, something that can be easily verified, while at the same time he fervently believes a bunch of fairy tales and wants everyone else to live their lives based upon the particular fairy tales he believes in.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 26, 2009 5:28:46 PM

  3. Exhibit #1,367,987 in evidence that this organization is a corrupt and amoral den of bandits that has no place in modern society.


    Posted by: GM | Jan 26, 2009 5:33:01 PM

  4. I love the fact that Benedict has embraced this nutjob Williamson. They look more and more like the Phelps family with every passing day.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 26, 2009 5:37:45 PM

  5. The world will never be free until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest. Freely, from Emil Zola.

    I was baptized a catholic, but have not been a practicing one since I was 16. However, the church still counts me as one of its members. I think this is the development that will now motivate me to officially resign from the church, so they won't be allowed to count me anymore. My next google search, how to quit the church.

    Jake, pal, your religion speaks for itself. You can call it what you want, you can protest all you want on how that is not what you believe. The fact is, this is the official position of the church, period. You have no say in it. You still belong to it. I think you should wake up and smell the incense.

    Posted by: Will | Jan 26, 2009 5:46:58 PM

  6. All of which just provides more evidence that the Vatican is the biggest insane asylum in the world.

    And the biggest nut job runs the nut house.

    Posted by: jessejames | Jan 26, 2009 5:47:41 PM

  7. What is fascinating about this is that Benedict did this around the time of "Christian Unity Sunday" when the church prays for ecumenism.

    Posted by: Ed | Jan 26, 2009 5:47:53 PM

  8. I just don't understand how anyone of any intelligence at all (like Andrew Sullivan) can continue to adhere to a faith that is operated - and has always operated - by bigots, hypocrites, and lunatics.

    These guys ought to tarred and feathered.

    Posted by: mike in manhattan | Jan 26, 2009 5:58:10 PM

  9. I would bet anything that this Williamson guy sucks dick. He's Larry Craig with a big ol' girls hat.

    Posted by: tom | Jan 26, 2009 6:02:14 PM

  10. Terrible decision to Catholicism, Jews, gays and gay Christians. But this is not a surprise with Benedict XVI and his Church.

    Posted by: Dominique | Jan 26, 2009 6:04:36 PM

  11. Ha ha, I'd like dash this man's brains out on a sidewalk, and then deny that it happened. The holocaust is the most documented atrocity in human history. This is just as bad as Ernst Zundel being appointed a bishop, or the institute for historical review getting funded by the vatican.

    However, that this evil crank got pardoned by nazi pope is excellent news, actually. It's very, very public, and makes it so much easier to condemn god's vicar and catholicism--even the ones who disagree, yet are still supporting the church through word, deed, and money.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 26, 2009 6:26:19 PM

  12. And being catholic follows Sullivan's career as a professional queer contrarian perfectly. His martyr complex and the obvious stain of personal discomfort is complimented by his defense of his own catholic faith, and also is motivated by making him just interesting enough to not ignore completely as yet another obnoxious pundit, i.e., money.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 26, 2009 6:31:27 PM

  13. He's right about the exaggeration of the extent of Jewish civilian WWII losses. He's also right about the gas chambers - none were found on German soil - that's universally acknowledged fact - and the only question is whether there ever existed authentic ones to inspire the mock-ups on Polish soil.

    Posted by: Colin Gentile | Jan 26, 2009 6:38:44 PM

  14. Wow, these stories attract cranks like colin gentile to the fray...a lot of the religious topics seem to lure in the loons. Nuts travel in packs.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 26, 2009 6:47:00 PM

  15. Frightening. This ridiculous creature gets exonerated but in California, Fr. Geoffrey Farrow, a good man and a good priest, gets suspended and most recently blackballed by church leaders working together to make sure he won't get a job in their towns. How long before this pitiful shroud of a church crumbles into dust?

    Posted by: Father Tony | Jan 26, 2009 6:50:04 PM

  16. It's not the least bit surprising that he believes this. He's someone who has devoted his entire life to fantastical and baseless fiction.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 26, 2009 7:05:12 PM

  17. Someone please help me! First of all, what's the meaning of the word "coprophagy?" I got out two dictionaries and can't find the word! Second, the Pope, a member of Hitler's Nazi Youth Party, pardons this man who believes that the gas chambers didn't exist?! And Benedict says that We (gay men) have an "objective disorder?" OMG!

    Posted by: Jeff R. | Jan 26, 2009 7:30:18 PM

  18. jeff r.

    coprophagy means shit eating-quite literally.

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 26, 2009 7:46:56 PM

  19. I'm not a Catholic, but in Andrew Sullivan's defense, it's not exactly like the Rotary Club, and you can't just resign because you don't like the new president. Catholicism is not just a religion with an official line, but is a much more complicated phenomenon than that. For many, it is a whole all-encompassing culture that includes many more elements for the good-and for the bad-than a corrupt hierarchy, which of course most parishioners never see, interact with, or care much about. If you're a Catholic, you wouldn't stop saying the rosary and novenas just because the Pope pissed you off a few times, and remember, the Pope WILL die one day, but the Church and the bulk of the faith it transmits will remain. Likewise the culture of Catholicism will remain too as a pervasive part of one's character if you grew up going to mass, RE classes, etc., regardless if you remain on the rolls. All the pronouncements from the throne, in the experiences of most Catholics I know, just barely enter into the orbit of a luminous core that cannot be limited by men in brocade and ermine. Very rarely does a papal decree actually resonate with capital T Truth.
    Also, remember that Andrew Sullivan grew up an English Catholic, so the sense of a people set apart for whom Catholicism is a essential aspect of identity cannot, in that case, be erased by personal distaste or disagreements alone. There's simply too much history there.

    Posted by: clint | Jan 26, 2009 7:52:04 PM

  20. I guess the Pope has been reading Obama's update on "can't we all just get along?"

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Jan 26, 2009 7:57:46 PM

  21. Chilling. He makes Hannibal Lecter seem warm and fuzzy by comparison. The idea that he could be pardoned should seem unfathomable, but so much of what the Catholic hierarchy says and does is unfathomable, somehow it's not even surprising.

    Colin Gentile (and other crackpots who will inevitably follow), crawl back into your cave of hatred and denial and stay there.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 26, 2009 7:58:14 PM

  22. This is painful. Background: I grew up in the 60s in Catholic school in the Midwest. Very small town near Sioux City. I went on to a wonderful small Catholic college in Minnesota, really really great place. But I cannot accept now that the Church of social justice and understanding has turned into this. I've been sort if guarded because I am gay, but this whole new harsh murderousness about the holocaust makes me wonder if i should even try to remain in the fold. One thing for sure, I cannot wait for this damn Nazi pope to die. Sorry, but i really think it would be better for everybody for the asshole to shrivel up and disappear.

    Posted by: KevinM | Jan 26, 2009 9:10:55 PM

  23. For anyone who actually watched the video and was upset by his comments about the "evidence", the Wikipedia entry on the Holocaust is quite extensive in terms of description and documentation for what went on in the gas chambers. Most of the bishop's claims are directly or indirectly refuted in the article. I've posted the excerpt below in case you don't want to find it in the (very large) article. Of course we all "know" what went on but sometimes a refresher is a good idea.

    Gas chambers

    At the extermination camps with gas chambers all the prisoners arrived by train. Sometimes entire trainloads were sent straight to the gas chambers, but usually the camp doctor on duty subjected individuals to selections, where a small percentage were deemed fit to work in the slave labor camps; the majority were taken directly from the platforms to a reception area where all their clothes and other possessions were seized by the Nazis to help fund the war. They were then herded naked into the gas chambers. Usually they were told these were showers or delousing chambers, and there were signs outside saying "baths" and "sauna." They were sometimes given a small piece of soap and a towel so as to avoid panic, and were told to remember where they had put their belongings for the same reason. When they asked for water because they were thirsty after the long journey in the cattle trains, they were told to hurry up, because coffee was waiting for them in the camp, and it was getting cold.[177]

    According to Rudolf Höß, commandant of Auschwitz, bunker 1 held 800 people, and bunker 2 held 1,200.[178] Once the chamber was full, the doors were screwed shut and solid pellets of Zyklon-B were dropped into the chambers through vents in the side walls, releasing toxic HCN, or hydrogen cyanide. Those inside died within 20 minutes; the speed of death depended on how close the inmate was standing to a gas vent, according to Höß, who estimated that about one third of the victims died immediately.[179] Joann Kremer, an SS doctor who oversaw the gassings, testified that: "Shouting and screaming of the victims could be heard through the opening and it was clear that they fought for their lives."[180] When they were removed, if the chamber had been very congested, as they often were, the victims were found half-squatting, their skin colored pink with red and green spots, some foaming at the mouth or bleeding from the ears.[179]

    The gas was then pumped out, the bodies were removed (which would take up to four hours), gold fillings in their teeth were extracted with pliers by dentist prisoners, and women's hair was cut.[181] The floor of the gas chamber was cleaned, and the walls whitewashed.[180] The work was done by the Sonderkommando prisoners, Jews who hoped to buy themselves a few extra months of life. In crematoria 1 and 2, the Sonderkommando lived in an attic above the crematoria; in crematoria 3 and 4, they lived inside the gas chambers.[182] When the Sonderkommando had finished with the bodies, the SS conducted spot checks to make sure all the gold had been removed from the victims' mouths. If a check revealed that gold had been missed, the Sonderkommando prisoner responsible was thrown into the furnace alive as punishment.[183]

    At first, the bodies were buried in deep pits and covered with lime, but between September and November 1942, on the orders of Himmler, they were dug up and burned. In the spring of 1943, new gas chambers and crematoria were built to accommodate the numbers.[184]

    Posted by: scott | Jan 26, 2009 9:45:15 PM

  24. COLIN: Let's just assume for the sake of argument that you are right and that the number of Jews quoted as having been killed by the Nazis is overestimated. And, let's also assume that there weren't any gas chambers. What conclusion should I draw from that? Is it that the Nazis weren't bad guys? Is it that it was ok to put people in camps and make them wear yellow, pink, or any number of the other color coded triangle variants the Nazis made people wear? Is that the Nazis didn't murder A LOT of people?

    I think what happened in Nazi Germany was evil regardless of whether the numbers are off or whether people were killed by Zyklon-B or bullets. Should I change that opinion?

    Posted by: Brandon | Jan 26, 2009 11:24:39 PM

  25. What. the. fuck.
    I am too angry to write a more eloquent and elegant answer.
    Jesus fucking Christ.
    I'm glad I realized that I could not consider myself a reasonable, modern thinking woman if I continued to remain a member of the Catholic Church, whose views on everything from gay marriage to abortion I disagree with. Hooray for revelations at 18!

    Posted by: Lara | Jan 27, 2009 1:36:14 AM

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