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Swedish TV, part 2: Upcoming attack on the Holy Father scheduled for Wednesday

From a source in Europe:

Next Wednesday, September 23rd, the Swedish public TV channel, SVT, in their program series called ”Uppdrag granskning” will broadcast a follow-up of their program from January this year about the SSPX.

This time the spotlight is directed towards the Vatican: what did the Vatican actually know about SSPX and the private opinions of Bishop Richard Williamson? In the promotion for the program it is said:

Last winter the Catholic Church was shaken by the interview made by Uppdrag granskning with Bishop Richard Williamson. The Pope and the cardinals in charge assured the world that they had not known about the interview, but this is not true.

Swedish Bishop Arborelius: "From our side we passed the information on. That is so to say the usual way of doing it, the local church passes important news about the Church on to the papal representation.”

What did the Vatican know about the Holocaust-denying bishop?

The new program will feature an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper in connection with his visit to the choral festival Pueri Cantores in Stockholm in July, in which the Cardinal clearly explains that, just before the lifting of the excommunication, he had not received any information internally from within the Vatican, but that he had a general knowledge of the sympathies of Bishop Williamson. He further states in the interview that he thought this was something widely known making it a matter of surprise for him that the Pontifical Comission Ecclesia Dei did not know.

The Catholic Diocese of Stockholm had already warned the local Anglican parish priest, who lent out his church for Bishop Williamson in June 2008, about his supposed extremism. Despite the fact that Bishop Arborelius immediately after the January program said that SSPX is not a part of the Catholic Church, his office has been greatly concerned with the presence of SSPX in Sweden. Even a confidential letter sent to the diocese office was exposed in the now famous TV program from January to prove that measures had been taken by the diocese to stop the SSPX.

The diocese also cooperated with Swedish TV in making the documentary with the Williamson interview. The reporters were even invited to dinner at the bishop’s office, which was noted in the blog of one of the journalists. (See this and this.)

This time Bishop Arborelius will also be interviewed about his actions before the Williamson interview was broadcast. According to him, in an answer to an inquiry made by the Nuncio’s office, well in advance before the program in January, he had sent information regarding the contents of the text of the interview with Richard Williamson to the Vatican.

In the program, the Nuncio to Scandinavian countries, Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, will also be questioned.
We have thus to prepare for another attack, aiming not so much at the SSPX as at the Holy See and the Pope, and we have to prepare for another wave of lies in an effort to put the Catholic Church under suspicion for extremist political views.
Swedish TV has earlier explained that this topic is of little interest for Swedish viewers. However, they choose to spend a lot of time and money on it and this in good timing with the first round of discussions between the representatives of the Holy See and SSPX.

23 comments:

Jordanes said...

The Williamson interview was obviously arranged by those who knew that the Pope was about to remit the excommunications of the SSPX bishops. Now that the doctrinal talks are about to begin, they are preparing another hit piece. This has to be intentional sabotage with the assistance of certain unworthy persons in the Roman Curia, whoever they may be.

Gideon Ertner said...

As far as I can see, the Diocese of Stockholm is actively cooperating with the enemies of the Church who are behind these programs to tarnish the reputation of the FSSPX - and possibly to render its regularization impossible.

It seems that both the diocese and the Atheist activists have found a common enemy in the FSSPX. One might wonder why - as far as I know, Bishop Williamson has had nothing to do with the Scandinavian mission of the fraternity, and I'm pretty sure most FSSPX supporters in Sweden are relatively ordinary Catholics who have nothing to do with Anti-semitism but merely want to lead a traditional Catholic devotional life. Is this what is rattling the diocese so? Or is it just plain old jealousy?

Anonymous said...

For sure, the Vatican knew about BW...

As they knew about Tony Blair being pro-abortion...and still interview him in the OR.

They knew about the Marcial Maciel since 1978...

They do nothing about the contraception... Winnipeg statement...

It is an act of charity to bring back to full communion the SSPX. Even if a lot of the SSPXers believe in conspiracy theories...

Anonymous said...

The role of the Catholic diocese in Stockholm is quite intriguing - much seems to suggest that they do everything they can to help out the ennemies of the Church, and especially to deliberately sabbotage the Pope's efforts to reconcile the Church with Her own Sacred Tradition. But with this programme, maybe this will also become more clear. Then, some highly placed clerics in Stockholm could well worried about their future...

Mickey said...

I am not at all worried about this. I am tired of getting my blood boiled.

They can make shrewd evil plans all they want. I stand fast on Christ's promise to His Church: "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it".

The Church might get a nosebleed, but what evil our Lord permits is for our Sancitfication. Blessed be God forever!

The world hated Christ first, we are just merely inheriting the same treatment. The world loves what is its own, and hates what is not its own.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone told the Pope about this?

Anonymous said...

So the liberal Bishops and liberal Cardinals who are enemies of the holy father admit not telling those that needed to know.

Pretty much confirms the speculation at the time. Glad they admit it.

Anonymous said...

The latest news regarding "Swedish TV" has confirmed (at least to me) that certain folks attempted to dsicredited the Holy Father months ago...and attempted to derail the Rome-SSPX peace process.

That attempt will be repeated this Wednesday.

But the controversy was boring months ago...and the same will apply this Wednesday when the same old boring...

...Catholic Church/SSPX "anti-semitism" card will be played internationally by the "usual suspects" within and without the Church.

The enemies of the Holy Father and SSPX within the Church will seize upon Wednesday's opportunity to assault the Pope and Society.

The same applies to the Catholic haters who are outside the Church.

Tim

Anonymous said...

I hope they receive some backlash on this. Enough is enough and this is overkill. Respect the Office of the Ope as he does the heads of state from other countries, including Sweden.

Anonymous said...

Why does no one ask the obvious question:

Williamson knew what Rome was planning when he gave the interview. He knew how it would be spun by the enemies of the Church in general and the SSPX in particular.

Yet he gave the interview anyhow.

Why blame the TV station for this "conspiracy" against the Church when blame lies squarely on the shoulders of Williamson?

Why does no one suggest Williamson was actively attempting to undermine The Vatican's efforts at rapproachment with the SSPX?

Jack said...

This time our Swedish News will attack not FSSPX, but the Holy Father, the Holy Mother Church and of course Our Lord. The "journalists" are either Muslims or socialists. May God have mercy on this, once upon a time Christian nation.

Anonymous said...

What did you expect? With the "talks" between the SSPX and the Vatican scheduled to begin in mid October the is attack is only logical. One does not have to be a SSPX cheerleader or a Vatican II apologist to appreciate just how vile the media is. Please remember that God is in control and His Will must be done.

Anonymous said...

Bishop Williamson has long held false opinions on the atrocities committed by Nazis.The way to correct his views is to simply present all the facts and figues. There are mountains of interviews with Germans and other nationalities.Surely Catholic historians and the Vatican can show him archives. So this is Williamson's ignorance. The excommunication was an automatic penalty because of the episcopal consecrations. Si his views and excommnication are not linked at all.
Will their be a follow up program on Ted Kennedy and his assisting in the killing of millions of unborn babies? Will there be a condemnation on how some clergy canonised him becase they so want to belong the American dream? The point is there will always be important errors made by individuals. Errors and sins that cause scandal to the Church. The solution is Williamson should show what stuff trads are made of. He should in front of media SAY HE WAS IGNORANT and WRONG. Apologise to the Jews, Catholics and all those killed by the Nazis. He should say he is sorry and will retire and do penance for his sin.

Pablo said...

..Williamson knew what Rome was planning when he gave the interview....

Bishop Williamson is a Holy Man. He was asked a question and he gave a Truthful reply.

We are greatly blessed to have a Bishop with the intestinal fortitude to always speak the Truth.

I prayed that he would have been put under house arrest in Mexico City.

We would have carried him on our shoulders from the Airport to the image of Nuestra Senora Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

Pray for the Holy Father.

*

Anonymous said...

Man some people out there are completely clueless when it comes spoken words (e.g. the Williamson interview).

Bishop Williamson is so far from being racist that it really is NOT AMUSING to accuse him of being one.

A few people have made insinuations about him that amount to slander or calumny.

Get a grip folks. He's not evil as some would like us to believe. But I can think of few people that hate him who probably are evil...

Zakhur

Jean said...

"Williamson knew what Rome was planning when he gave the interview. He knew how it would be spun by the enemies of the Church in general and the SSPX in particular. Yet he gave the interview anyhow."

I agree completely. In his high-minded zeal to remain separate from contamination from a compromised Rome, Williamson has employed a peevish and reprehensible tactic, convinced of the righteousness of his opinions. A child could see through it. But in reality the damage is superficial...unless the socialists decide to turn to the Bulgarian secret police again. In which case, Bishop Williamson will have alot more to answer for.

Anonymous said...

Mgr Williamson is a living martyr - a great man.

BJR said...

Hopefully a version of the programme in English will be made available on YouTube or such sites.

Anonymous said...

The Jews have been persecuting Catholics from the very beginning of the Church, so it's no surprise.

Militant atheism and aggressive promotion of deviations in Sweden is widely known, so it's no surprise.

BUT WHAT IS A CARDINAL OF THE HOLY ROMAN CHURCH DOING IN THAT COMPANY???

ben ingledew said...

The irony of the whole situation is that the Pope -for almost the last 50 years - has had a single weapon at his disposal to resolve all these problems. The consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Perhaps, like a spiritual nuclear warhead, his is afraid to use it because he fears the consequences. Of course, it also operates on a timer but when the timer expires is anybody's guess. Make sure you are in a state of grace when it goes off.

Anonymous said...

The Swedish Bishop is to be blamed. He is not a royal bishop.

Prepare for a new attack? Ignore the media. We are as we are. Who cares for the newspaper and tv from the soon Muslim Sweden?

Anonymous said...

"The Williamson interview was obviously arranged by those who knew that the Pope was about to remit the excommunications of the SSPX bishops. Now that the doctrinal talks are about to begin, they are preparing another hit piece. This has to be intentional sabotage with the assistance of certain unworthy persons in the Roman Curia, whoever they may be."

ABSOLUTELY TRUE. THEREFORE IT IS FOR THAT REASON THAT I AM IN TOTAL SUPPORT OF THE SSPX VIEWPOINT, AND CONSIDER BISHOP WILLIAMSONS VIEWPOINT ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST (THOUGH MISGUIDED), TO NOT BE WORTH THE SENSATIONALISM WHICH BROKE DOWN INTO ANTI-CATHOLCISM ETC. ON MANY SIDES (MAINLY BY JEWS, PROTESTANTS, AND RADICAL LIBERAL CATHOLICS).

I SIDE WITH THE SSPX IN THE TALKS WITH THE VATICAN.
WE WILL SEE WHETHER THE POPE AND HIS CRONIES IN THE CURIA STAND FOR CATHOLIC TRADITION, OR IF THEY TURN OUT TO BE MORE SIDING WITH THE LIKES OF PEOPLE SUCH AS THE INFAMOUS CARDINAL SCHONBORN OF VIENNA...WHO HAS ALREADY EXPRESSED HIS VIEWS AS TO THE TOPICS OF THESE DISCUSSIONS.

Jordanes said...

Mr. De Lano, it is the position and policy of Rorate Caeli, not of Jordanes, to which you refer.