Anti-semitism is such a sin that we dare not go soft on, and particularly the form that denies the Holocaust and makes excuses for those who do.
Does this mean, as some of my readers are suggesting to me (privately) that we may never criticize the Jews? Does it mean that (as some have claimed) Chesterton and Belloc were anti-semites because they spoke boldly in both positive and negative ways about Jews in frank terms that would never be appropriate to use since the Holocaust? Of course not.
But here's what has happened, and here's what this fight is all about:
- Many on the right in the Catholic Church began to fret and worry the moment Francis was elected pope - a very shameful thing which I have made a point not to blog about, since in some ways drawing attention to the people who have done this is counter-productive.
- One of them reported - wrongly - that Francis was unfriendly toward the Latin Mass.
- This man turns out to be a Holocaust denier, or at least one who minimizes the horror of the event and its scope.
- When Dawn Eden pointed that out, she was attacked by rad trads who called her "uncharitable" and "divisive"
- Since then, the Sane Bloggers have been simply saying, "The problem is not divisiveness or lack of charity on our part. The problem is anti-semitism in Traditionalist circles. It's the elephant in the living room, and the right wing of the Church needs to acknowledge and condemn it soundly, not make excuses for it and attack bloggers like Dawn who are drawing our attention to it."
I am, therefore, not saying it is politically incorrect to talk about the Jews or the state of Israel.
But it is shameful to make excuses for the little demon the rad trads are making room for - the Jew hater in their midst.