German Jews Praise Merkel's Criticism of the Pope [Vatican is now blaming the incident on a conspiracy to harm the Catholic Church leader]

spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,605463,00.html

*"(We have) deep respect and appreciation for the chancellor for the fact that she spoke out on this difficult matter," Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. It shows “the kind of prudence and feeling of responsibility she has,” he said.

Kramer’s remarks were echoed by Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants. “When the German chancellor admonishes a German-born pope, it is an extraordinary message,” Steinberg wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press. “Together with the expressions of outrage emanating from German and Austrian bishops, these developments have ironically strengthened relations between Germany and the world Jewish community.” . . .

Berlin Archbishop Georg Sterzinsky is among the many church leaders in Germany and elsewhere demanding that the pope revisit his decision – one which the pope claimed was aimed at healing a rift within the church. “I think he needs to announce immediately that the decision will be reviewed,” Sterzinsky told Deutsche Welle TV. “He cannot leave the impression that the decision will remain as is.” . . . According to a story in Wednesday’s Stockholm daily Svenska Dagbladet, some in the Vatican are even accusing the Swedish television station responsible for the Williamson interview of being part of a conspiracy to damage the pope. The station denies the accusations.*

That “some in the Vatican” would accuse media of “being part of a conspiracy to damage the pope” is, especially in the context of anti-Semitism, very unfortunate.

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