BISHOP Richard Williamson, who has proved a major embarrassment to the Vatican over his recent Holocaust-denying remarks on Swedish television, apparently has “issues with sexuality”.
In an intriguing profile published by the Daily Mail yesterday, a long-standing English Catholic colleague is quoted as saying:
He’s obviously a very angry man – he’s on a hair trigger all the time. I have long suspected he has issues with his sexuality because he spews forth camp poison whenever the issue of homosexuality is raised. He’s absolutely obsessed with sexual deviancy of any sort.
Said another Catholic aquaintance:
He’s so appallingly vain – you can see that from the vestments he wears and the cut of his cassock. He’s always so tremendously elegant and polished, and often surrounded by clean-cut youths who worship him. He adores being the centre of attention.
And Edna Andrews, who was the Williamson family’s housekeeper for 20 years in Buckinghamshire, said:
He was the best looking of three three brothers, but there was never a girlfriend. To be honest, I thought he was gay.
It’s just so sad. He was always such a thoughtful boy who used to come and sit and have coffee with me and talk about things. I can’t imagine what’s got into him.
Ultra-conservative Catholicism, that’s what!
Williamson, 68, who declared that Pope John Paul II had a “weak grasp of Catholicism”, leapt from the Protestantism of his father (his mother was a Christian Scientist) to extreme conservative Catholicism. He joined a breakaway group, The Society of Pius X, founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1970 in protest against the Second Vatican Council’s liberal reforms.
The bishop was, in fact, excommunicated not because of his repugnant views on the Holocaust, but because he was member of a breakaway group. Because Williamson was consecrated bishop by Lefebvre – who had no Papal authority to do so – he was excommunicated by Pope John Paul II in 1988. Pope has cancelled the excommunication as part of his solemn duty to bring all Catholics back into the Church.
Unsurprisingly, this senior English prelate who now lives in Argentina, is also a firm believer in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion – the alleged ancient document, long since dismissed as a forgery, that claims the Jews aim at world domination.
The bishop, described as “intellectually arrogant” by one senior fellow Catholic, has provocative views on all manner of subjects.
He believes, for example, that women wearing trousers is “an assault upon women’s womanhood” and that “feminism is intimately connected to witchcraft and satanism”.
As for women going to university, this, he says:
Is part of the whole massive onslaught on God’s nature which characterises our times.
He has no time either for the film The Sound of Music, which he has described asÂ as “pornographic soul-rotting slush”.
One may laugh at this, but it gets more serious. Two years ago he told a seminar in Bedford, Massachusetts, that 9/11 was an inside job by the US government:
To get the American public to accept the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. . . without 9/11 it would have been impossible to attack.They may well be plotting another 9/11.
And he describes “the mentality of sweet compassion for homosexuals and of bitter grief for Princess Di” as “the apostasy of our times”.
The man is clearly barking, and all the flak Pope Ratzinger has received for unexcommunicating him is well-deserved.