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Earlier this week Cardinal Sean O'Malley met with Jewish leaders in Boston for a sit-down on matters related to the lifting of the excommunication of the schismatic SSPX bishops, in particular Richard Williamson who has now come forward with something of an apology.
Williamson does not recant his earlier remarks.
Zenit has Williamson's statement here. Check out Michael Paulson's Articles of Faith, for his interview of O'Malley after the meeting.
On the local scene...
I received a phone call this week from the folks in Concord who are planning the town's annual Holocaust remembrance this spring. This will be the 29th annual Holocaust Remembrance in Concord. As has happened a number of times in my 15 years here, the call came to invite me to give an invocation at the event on April 26th. I readily accepted, grateful that the news stories of the past several weeks had not ruptured what are solid ties between people of different faiths in my community.
Then I began to think back to such services in years past... There are usually about 75, maybe 100 people in attendance, Jews and gentiles. Why not more people? I can't say that my parish has been heavily represented in those present. And that leads me to ask you, my readers, "Have you attended such services in the past?" (Many communities have such a remembrance service every spring.)
There's been a lot of noise made over the pope's lifting the excommunications and Williamson's denial of the Holocaust but making noise (or posting comments on blogs) is easy.
What a witness it would give, what telling testimony to our outrage over Williamson we would offer if we made every effort to attend the local Holocaust memorial observance in our communities this spring.
Our Jewish neighbors have never met Richard Williamson but they know us: we are the face of the Catholic Church in our communities.
Shoah: we must never forget...
Posted by Concord Pastor at 8:17 PM