The Pope met with American Jewish leaders today:
From today's Deutsche Welle
Pope Meets Jewish Leaders to Calm Storm Over Holocaust Denier
Pope Benedict XVI condemned Thursday, Feb. 12, all forms of anti-Semitism in his first face-to-face-meeting with Jewish leaders since the start of a row over a bishop who said Jews were not killed in Nazi gas chambers.
The pope told the delegation of the Conference of American Jewish Organizations that the Catholic Church remained "profoundly and irrevocably committed to rejecting all anti-Semitism and to continuing to build good and lasting relations between our two communities.
"It is beyond question that any denial or minimization of this terrible crime is intolerable and altogether unacceptable," the pontiff said at the Vatican, referring to the mass-murder of Jews by the Nazis during World War Two.
During the private audience Benedict also said he was "preparing to visit Israel, a land which is holy for Christians as well as Jews, since the roots of our faith are to be found there." The visit is provisionally set for May, the AFP news agency reported.
The pontiff was addressing a delegation of about 60 representatives headed by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a Holocaust survivor who in April 2008 hosted the pontiff at his New York synagogue.
Several Jewish leaders speaking before the meeting said they hoped Benedict would use the opportunity to announce steps against British-born Bishop Richard Williamson, who in a television interview in late January denied Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.
It makes one wonder really whether informed Jews were or are so shocked by thye Pope's action, as oppposed to Williamson's words, as many have suggested. Never has there been an suggestion of the cancellation of the Israel visit for example, in fact some rabbis have been quite supportive of the Pope, the threats of breaks in dialogue with Holy See seem to be short lived.
What I find worrying, almost as worrying as holocaust denial, is the use of the holocaust by non-Jews as a political tool, it is the exploitation of 6,ooo,ooo innocent deaths. I think is precisely what the secular press have done, so often with the encouragement of "liberal" Catholic commentators who have their own agenda, in order to attack the Holy Father, this is what Rabbi Levan indicates.