Stephan Kramer, general-secretary of Germany's Central Council of Jews, said Cantalamessa's remarks were "a so-far-unheard-of insolence." He went on:
"It is repulsive, obscene and most of all offensive toward all abuse victims as well as to all the victims of the Holocaust. So far I haven't seen St. Peter burning, nor were there outbursts of violence against Catholic priests. I'm without words. The Vatican is now trying to turn the perpetrators into victims."
Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, US director of inter-religious relations for the American Jewish Committee, called the comments "an unfortunate use of language." He continued:
"The collective violence against the Jews resulted in the death of 6 million, while the collective violence spoken of here has not led to murder and destruction, but perhaps character assault."
Peter Isely, spokesman for the US victim support group Snap, said the sermon had been "reckless and irresponsible".He then stated:
"They're sitting in the papal palace, they're experiencing a little discomfort, and they're going to compare themselves to being rounded up or lined up and sent in cattle cars to Auschwitz?You cannot be serious."Even the BBC's correspondent in Rome, David Willey, has admitted that the comments show the Church is continuing to defend itself rigorously and outspokenly against accusations of having systematically covered up cases of sexual abuse by priests in recent decades.Rather that than acknowledge the truth and make proper amends, eh David?
Mind you we shouldn't be too surprised at the church's continued mendacity, duplicity, and arrogance, for the whole edifice is built on a pile of lies and deceits from its earliest days to the present.
PS. According to the BBC, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams has criticised the Roman Catholic Church for the way in which it has covered-up this vile abuse by predatory paedophile priests over the years and said that as an institution it has lost "all credibility", going on to add:
"And an institution so deeply bound into the life of a society, suddenly becoming, suddenly losing all credibility - that's not just a problem for the Church, it is a problem for everybody in Ireland."(sic)Whilst on Easter Sunday, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, is expected to apologise during his Easter address in Edinburgh to the victims of paedophile priests.He will say:
"Crimes against children have indeed been committed and any Catholics who were aware of such crimes and did not act to report them, brings shame on us all."For that disgustingly duplicitous priest Randy Cantalamessa to liken all these people to the Nazis for daring to criticise his boss demonstrates the egregious lack of integrity, monumental duplicity, and supreme hubris that his Church has exemplified over the millennia.
Presumably Randy would like us to forget that his boss, Benny Ratsarse, was also a Nazi at one time, failing which for us to pretend that it was only those others, the 'bad' Nazis, who were party to that vile organisation and participated, either by acts of omission or commission, in anti-Semitism.But don't let us forget that the very organisation which Randy and Benny belong to likes to pretend that it, under the leadership of that infamous liar and Nazi-collaborator, Pope Pius XII (see here), actually saved millions of Jews from Nazi atrocities. As Benny Ratsarse once had the temerity to declare:
"[Pius XII] spared no effort, wherever it was possible, to intervene [for Jews] directly or through instructions given to individuals or institutions in the Catholic Church."Which explains, no doubt, why the RC Church willingly hid so many murderous ex-Nazis in its midst for decades after the War and helped them evade prosecution by the authorities for their anti-Semitism.
Hmmm, seems to me like the RC Church has a long and well-established history of covering-up for the criminals in its midst, and that Benny Ratsarse, Il Poopoo himself, has been at the heart of it!